Coach Byron Scott said after Sunday's 107-100 loss to the Celtics that Lou Williams would likely sit out the remaining six games on the Los Angeles Lakers ' schedule, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Lakers had been gradually phasing Williams of late prior to Scott's announcement, as the veteran guard had seen his minutes decline in three successive games before he failed to take the court in a coach's decision Sunday. In explaining his decision, Scott stated that he wanted to give more opportunities to the team's less experienced backcourt options down the stretch, so look for Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, and Marcelo Huertas to assume the bulk of the minutes at either guard spot for the remainder of the campaign.
The veteran guard received some extra run after D'Angelo Russell's in-game ankle injury, and managed his sixth straight double-digit scoring performance. If Russell is forced to endure a multi-game absence and coach Byron Scott opts to reshuffle the backcourt as a result, Williams could potentially garner starts at shooting guard while Jordan Clarkson shifts over to the point guard spot.
Lou Williams poured in 30 points (10-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three rebounds, three assists and a block over 29 minutes in Friday's 95-90 loss to the Suns.
With the starting backcourt of D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson going a combined 4-for-23 from the field, it was the veteran Williams who stepped up to keep the Los Angeles Lakers competitive. The 17 shot attempts were his highest amount in that category since Jan. 10 versus the Jazz, and the four made three-pointers represented his best total in that category since Feb. 24 versus the Grizzlies. Williams now has three straight double-digit scoring efforts off the bench, and could potentially make a push for some spot starts down the stretch if Clarkson isn't able to right his suddenly wayward ship in coming games.
Lou Williams (hamstring) had 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five assists, one rebound, and one steal in 26 minutes during the Los Angeles Lakers ' 90-87 loss to the Knicks on Sunday.
After a five-game absence due to a hamstring strain, Williams played well in his return to the lineup. However, he has lost his spot in the starting lineup, and he sits comfortably behind D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart. Nevertheless, Williams will likely be a solid source of scoring and assists over the final month of the season if his injury troubles are indeed over.
Lou Williams returned to action in Sunday's game against the Knicks.
Williams was considered probable heading into the game, though no announcement was made on if he would play or not after he missed the past five games with a hamstring sprain. He did indeed check in, though he may still be limited.