Cook is in the starting lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Rockets, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. With LeBron James (groin) and Alex Caruso (neck) both out with injuries, Cook will be making his first start of the season. The former Duke standout logged 12 minutes of action in Wednesday's loss against the Thunder but could see increased minutes with the Lakers shorthanded Thursday.
Cook went for 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-4 FT) in Monday's scrimmage against Washington. Cook played 26 minutes as the Lakers rested several regulars, and he made the most of the increased time, adding six rebounds and two assists, though he did commit five turnovers. The fourth-year guard will battle J.R. Smith, Dion Waiters and Alex Caruso for minutes off the bench with Rajon Rondo (hand) out and Avery Bradley (personal) away from the team.
Cook logged four minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 129-102 win over the Spurs, contributing zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound. Cook has seen action in three straight games, but they've all essentially been garbage-time appearances, as he hasn't exceeded five minutes in any of those contests. The Lakers value Cook as an experienced backup at point guard who's capable of knocking down outside shots, but he won't have a path to steady playing time while all of LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso are healthy.
Cook managed 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 119-118 loss to the Magic. Cook poured in a season-high 22 points in the loss, pacing the Lakers on what was a disappointing night. With Rajon Rondo (finger) sidelined, the Lakers are basically going to go with whoever has the hot hand. Cook could very well play 10 minutes in the next game making him a tough player to trust in standard leagues.
Cook tallied just six points in three minutes during Friday's 129-114 victory over Dallas. Cook emerged in garbage time as the Lakers soundly defeated the Mavericks. After a couple of serviceable efforts earlier in the season, Cook has basically fallen out of the rotation in more recent times. Cook would need multiple injuries to even be considered in 12-team formats.
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