With the Los Angeles Lakers struggling and Kobe Bryant probably done for the season, coach Byron Scott has been grasping at straws when it comes to his rotations. Starting journeyman youngster Ed Davis in favor of the veteran Carlos Boozer for defensive purposes hasn’t helped. Now, it looks like Scott’s latest move was to give Jeremy Lin something he hadn’t received since the time “Linsanity” became a pop culture phenomenon – a DNP-CD, or Did Not Play – Coaches’ Decision.
Instead of playing Lin, Scott went with rookie Jordan Clarkson, while having the defensive-oriented Ronnie Price as the backup point guard. But Lin wasn’t the only Lakers mainstay warming the bench for the entirety of their 99-85 loss on Friday to the San Antonio Spurs. Small forward Wesley Johnson and power forward Davis were both replaced in the starting lineup by Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre.
Still, Johnson and Davis were able to get quality minutes off the bench; Lin wasn’t used at all in Friday’s game, as Clarkson performed decently, scoring 11 points and dishing out 4 assists in 29 minutes.
The DNP-CD also doesn’t mean that Scott is giving up on Lin; the coach told reporters that “the next game might be different” with regards to the erstwhile starting point guard’s playing time. Lin was, however, seemingly dejected, speaking to only one reporter and announcing via Twitter that he’ll be happy to talk to the press after Saturday’s practice.
As it turned out, Lin did have a decent game off the bench last night, though the Lakers ended up losing their eight straight game as they fell to the Houston Rockets at home, 99-87. He scored 14 points and had 6 assists, but shot only 2-for-9 from the field, with most of his points coming through free throws.