• by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Kelly, Brown to start at SF for banged-up Lakers

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Ryan Kelly looking to prove he belongs with Lakers

    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.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    Lakers F Ryan Kelly gets season-high seven assists in win

    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.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Jeremy Lin, Ryan Kelly will start for Lakers Tuesday

    The Lakers will juggle their starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Thunder, giving guard Jeremy Lin his first start since a December demotion and moving forward Ryan Kelly into the first five, per the Daily News. Lin has played well of late, including a season-high 29 point performance against the 76ers on Sunday. He started 20 games this season, but was benched due to a lack of consistency. "It's a matter of him going out and doing it, and the last couple weeks, he's had some really good games," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. Kelly will receive his first start since March 6. It had been speculated that Ed Davis might move into the starting lineup, but Scott said things will be re-evaluated after the team's five-game road swing.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    Lakers forwards Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black could start Tuesday in OKC

    The L.A. Times reports that forwards Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are expected to start for the Lakers Tuesday at Oklahoma City.Both Kelly (20 of 38) and Tarik (25 of 49) have started a little more than half of the games they've played for the Lakers this season.Also reported Monday by the L.A. Daily News, guard Jeremy Lin and forward Ed Davis may also get the start Tuesday as well.The Lakers are 11-point underdogs against the Thunder.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lakers PF Ryan Kelly scores season-high 20 vs. Magic

    Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 20 points on 6 of 14 shooting, including 5 of 6 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 103-97 overtime loss to the Magic Friday. Kelly served as the team's go-to option Friday, as he had six more points than a trio of his teammates, who each scored 14. He delivered his best scoring performance since March 2014 thanks to his success behind the arc, sinking a career-high five three-pointers. Kelly also racked up five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes. The Lakers take a three-game losing streak into Sunday's matchup with the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lakers recall Ryan Kelly from NBADL after 30-point game

    Lakers forward Ryan Kelly was recalled from the NBA Developmental League Friday night and will travel to New York with the team Saturday, the team announced. Kelly was sent to the D-League earlier Friday in order to participate in the D-Fenders' game against Bakersfield. He scored 30 points on 8 of 18 shooting while grabbing four rebounds in the team's 136-126 win.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lakers send Ryan Kelly to NBADL

    The Lakers have assigned forward Ryan Kelly to the NBA Developmental League, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kelly has been in the starting lineup for each of the Lakers' last four games, playing 20 minutes or more in each, but he'll suit up for the Los Angeles D-Fenders Saturday. He has averaged 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17 games.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Lakers F Wesley Johnson's injury 'didn't look good'

    Lakers small forward Wesley Johnson is getting an MRI on the strained right hip flexor he suffered Sunday night. The njury "didn't look good," coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News. "I'm not going to speculate on how many games or how much time he'll be out right now. But talking to our trainer, it didn't look good," Scott said. "We just have to wait and see and hope for the best." Ryan Kelly is expected to replace Johnson in the starting lineup Monday night at Portland.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Lakers' Ryan Kelly to play Friday against the Grizzlies

    Lakers forward Ryan Kelly is expected to play Friday against the Grizzlies after dealing with a hamstring injury for a month and a half, the team announced. Kelly has only played in three games this season, averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. "I'm looking forward to being out there again," Kelly said at shootaround. The Lakers are currently 6-point underdogs to Memphis at home Friday.