Kelly was a DNP-CD on Monday in the Lakers' loss in Phoenix. Kelly opened the season ahead of Larry Nance Jr. as the number three power forward behind Julius Randle and Brandon Bass, however Kelly's poor shooting early has put him behind Nance on the depth chart in the Lakers' last seven games. Kelly doesn't appear to be coming back into the mix for Los Angeles in the near future.
Kelly (coach's decision) hasn't played in the Lakers' last two games. After averaging four points on 31.6 percent shooting from the field over the Lakers' first four games, Kelly was dropped from coach Byron Scott's rotation in favor of rookie Larry Nance. Unless Nance falters in his subsequent appearances to come or Kelly is able to regain his shooting touch in practices, Kelly looks like he'll remain glued to the bench for the foreseeable future.
The Lakers have been hit hard by injuries as the season comes to a close, forcing coach Byron Scott to juggle his lineup. For Monday's game against the Kings, he said either Ryan Kelly or Jabari Brown will start at small forward, per the Daily News. "It's going to be a weird lineup out there," Scott said. Kelly has scored in double figures in his last three contests, while Brown, a guard by trade, played 42 minutes and scored 18 points in Sunday's loss to the Mavericks.
Lakers forward Ryan Kelly has battled hamstring injuries and had to adjust to playing small forward this season, but he's looking forward to making a positive impression over the last few games to prove his worth to the organization, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "I didn't have the season I would've liked," Kelly said. "Every opportunity I have these last few is an opportunity to prove to the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans that I should be here." Kelly struggled with the transition to small forward after spending his career as a power forward. "He couldn't play the 3. He knew it and I knew it. It wasn't a comfortable position for him," coach Byron Scott said. "Putting him back in his natural position allowed him to be more comfortable out there and play basketball a little bit more freely. I think it's shown since he's been at the 4 he's played much better. That's his natural position and I knew that from the start. Having him back there and playing the way he has played helps him with his confidence as well." Kelly has averaged 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his last 11 games while shooting 43.6 percent from the field.
Forward Ryan Kelly scored 19 points and notched a season-high seven assists on Friday in the Lakers' 106-98 victory against the Timberwolves.Kelly went five for six from 3-point range and added four rebounds in the win.
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