So far this season, one of the bright spots for the Los Angeles Lakers during Kobe Bryant‘s absence has been Xavier Henry. Henry has been quite the spark off the bench for the Lakers and finally tonight he was given a shot at being in the starting lineup. In order for Xavier to be in the starting lineup, Nick Young was benched.
Young was signed this offseason and was expected to be a scoring threat for Los Angeles. That hasn’t been the case thus far this season, but hopefully having Nick come off the bench will help his game improve considering he’ll be playing against more second-string players. Xavier’s career hasn’t been anything worth bragging about to this point, but his play for the Lakers this season can change that all around for him.
When Kobe returns to the lineup, the scoring opportunities and minutes for both Young and Henry will decline. So they both need to take the opportunities they are currently being given and make the best of them because only one can start next to Bryant and the other will have limited minutes coming off the bench.
Henry led the Lakers in scoring in tonight’s victory and was very impressive in his first time in the starting lineup. Young was also impressive as he was able to lead the second unit in scoring. Everything will change once the Black Mamba returns, but right now, it seems the Lakers are on to something with Henry starting and Young coming off the bench.
Whether or not the success continues with the switch between these two remains to be scene. At least for tonight though, the entire Lakers’ coaching staff can celebrate their victory in both the game and the lineup switch.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org