Stephenson will come off the bench Thursday night against Golden State. Stephenson will serve as a reserve after starting three of the last four contests for the Lakers. Alex Caruso enters the starting lineup at shooting guard while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gets the nod at small forward.
Stephenson put up zero points (0-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 130-102 win over the Pelicans. Stephenson stepped in for LeBron James (groin) in the starting five but didn't do much to aid the Lakers' winning effort. The Lakers got a big game off the bench from Reggie Bullock (18 points in 23 minutes), who was returning from a four-game absence due to a foot injury. Given that Bullock had been a starting wing for the Lakers prior to getting hurt, it's possible that he replaces Stephenson on the top unit in Tuesday's game in Oklahoma City.
Stephenson will start in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. Stephenson's move into the starting five comes in place of Lebron James, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season. This move could last for the remaining five games. Stephenson is averaging 27.3 minutes per game over his last four games, and could see an even larger role with the starters.
Stephenson compiled 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes during Friday's 129-115 victory over Charlotte. Stephenson delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds in Friday's win but added no other stats in a very one-dimensional line. There is no need to get overly excited here with a performance such as this to be expected of the enigmatic Stephenson. The Lakers are down on troops and owners in deeper formats could pay some attention but he is typically too hard to trust.
Stephenson finished with 10 points (3-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 115-100 loss to Utah. Stephenson moved into the starting lineup Wednesday, replacing LeBron James (rest) who was riding the pine. Stephenson scored just 10 points but was able to somewhat salvage the line with five assists and two steals. Even on night's he plays decent minutes, Stephenson is typically too hard to trust even as a streaming option. He can be left on the waivers in all competitive formats.
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