A bout with vertigo sidelined
The illness is at least severe enough to keep him in L.A. for the next two games, meaning more playing time for
Sacre played six minutes off the bench and barely made an impact. He finished with three points on 1 of 2 shooting with three rebounds and a block in the 118-98 loss.
Sacre has seen a much larger role this season, after appearing in just 32 games as a rookie. He is averaging 4.5 points per game in 40 appearances.
Sacre scored in double figures for the second game in a row with 10 on 5 of 8 shooting, but that wasn't what made for such a peculiar performance. Sacre technically fouled out of the game with a few minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers were out of healthy players, so he was able to stay in the game, triggering a rarely enforced rule that would have resulted in a technical foul for every foul he drew.
Sacre has been pressed into a larger role this season than during his rookie year, as he has already appeared in more games (34) than a year ago. He is averaging 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Sacre fell a few points short of a double-double, scoring seven points on 3 of 9 shooting with 10 rebounds. He shot just 3 of 9 from the field and added one steal.
Sacre has played at least 27 minutes in each of the last three games, and has reached double figures in either rebounding or scoring in each game. He is averaging just 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the season.
"That's the fallout. There's a ripple when guys come in," D'Antoni said. "It's not the production of certain guys, it's how you want the team to play. Some guys get the short end of the stick. I hate it but this team has to play the way that they function best."
Kaman did not appear in the team's most recent game Wednesday, after playing in the previous three games. He has sat out 13 of the first 29 games for the Lakers. Sacre was also out of the rotation Wednesday, and has played in one fewer games than Kaman.
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