The Los Angeles Lakers once again fell below .500 due to a disappointing loss to the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. The team did not play well and there is no excuse for losing to a team like the Magic, a squad that will likely miss the playoffs.
Several times this season, the Lakers lost to sub-par teams and have been very inconsistent. There has never been a point this season when the Lakers put together a long stretch of solid play. The energy and determination is lacking most of the time and the players cannot seem to get it together.
Some players, like Jordan Hill, give it their all every night, but for some reason the coaching staff does not give them the minutes they deserve. Hill has played extremely well this season, but he did not play a single minute in tonight’s game versus the Magic. To make matters worse, Hill only played three minutes in the Lakers’ rout of the Denver Nuggets.
Under Mike Brown’s system, Hill always got off the bench and was one of the best players in the Lakers’ second unit. However, with Mike D’Antoni now running the sideline, Hill has not been seeing a lot of minutes. Hill played for D’Antoni while with the New York Knicks and even then his minutes were very inconsistent.
The Lakers’ big men are currently struggling so it is surprising to see a talented center sitting on the bench. Although Hill is not as skillful as Pau Gasol or Dwight Howard, he gives it his all every time he is on the court. The Lakers are currently lacking energy, but Jordan Hill is someone who can bring that instantly off the bench.