It took a loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals for the Los Angeles Lakers to finally make a change to their starting lineup.
JaVale McGee has started the majority of the Lakers’ games this season, joining Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and LeBron James. But McGee has been wildly ineffective for Los Angeles in the Western Conference Finals, and head coach Frank Vogel has seen enough.
Dwight Howard has been inserted into the Lakers’ starting lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. He’ll join AD and LeBron in Los Angeles’ bruising front-court.
Howard has been a critical component of the Lakers’ defensive game-plan against Nikola Jokic this series. As long as he can remain out of foul trouble, the Lakers have a good chance to take a 3-1 series lead tonight.
The Los Angeles Lakers are moving Dwight Howard into starting lineup for Game 4 vs. the Nuggets, replacing JaVale McGee.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 25, 2020
Dwight Howard has served as the Lakers’ enforcer in the Western Conference Finals. But he’s too often allowed the moment to get the best of him, picking up ticky-tack fouls along the way.
Howard provides great energy and superb athleticism at the forward position. But early foul trouble could spell trouble for a Lakers team trying to fend off the “comeback kids.” Perhaps Howard will be the difference for Los Angeles Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals tonight at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.