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Jeremy Lin to Start vs. Utah Jazz

With Ronnie Price out with an elbow injury, Jeremy Lin will get the starting nod at point guard against the Utah Jazz.

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For all the criticisms leveled at Lakers starting point guard Ronnie Price, the guy has been an iron man for Los Angeles, playing through a broken nose and an injured elbow in recent games. However, after re-aggravating the elbow injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Price will be forced to skip tonight's contest in Utah according to Lakers Reporter Mike Trudell:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Ronnie Price is out tonight after aggravating his sore right elbow in last night&#39;s game. Expect Jeremy Lin to start at PG.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/556232111812661248">January 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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It would seem that despite his new mask, Price is still not a superhero and will ultimately succumb to his wounds in this one. It sounds like Jeremy Lin will get the start in his stead, and while Lin's averages of 10.7 points and 4.4 assists are a little better than Price's 5.5 and 3.8 in those categories, Price has turned the ball over less (1.1 times per game compared to Lin's 2.8). Lin has struggled in some of his starts, but that was alongside Kobe Bryant, who is also resting tonight. The absences of Price and Bryant will likely lead to more minutes for Lin, as well as (hopefully) forcing Byron Scott to give rookie Jordan Clarkson some much needed burn.