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  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Frank Vogel has yet to name the Lakers' starting center for Wednesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals vs. the Heat.

    The Lakers have had three different starting lineups thus far that all include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Dwight Howard got the last two starts against the Nuggets while Markieff Morris was inserted for the final two games vs. the Rockets and JaVale McGee logged the other 11. Seeing as though McGee has started in every Game 1 so far, it puts him as the frontrunner to get the nod on Wednesday. However, it wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if they put Howard out there instead.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard will move into the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    JaVale McGee will move to the bench and could fall out of the rotation entirely, as he did when he was replaced in the starting lineup against Houston. Howard's played the better defense against Nikola Jokic through the first three games, and has done plenty of chirping as well. This was a move that the Lakers discussed prior to Game 2 but they ultimately kept the status quo. After one loss, they're making the change.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers will use their usual starting lineup for Game 2 on Sunday, which means LeBron James (groin, ankle) and JaVale McGee will both be playing as usual.

    James was listed as probable, as he has been throughout the playoffs, so it's no shock to see him playing tonight. There was some thought that McGee might get benched for Dwight Howard but the Lakers will stick to their usual rotation after taking Game 1 with relative ease. The Lakers also had Rajon Rondo (probable) and Dion Waiters (doubtful) on the injury report, and we'd expect Rondo to play while Waiters does not.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Chris Haynes is reporting that the Lakers intend to keep JaVale McGee in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 2.

    There was some speculation, helped along by coach Frank Vogel, that Dwight Howard might start given the defense he played against Nikola Jokic in Game 1, but the Lakers will carry on as usual for now. There's no need to fix what isn't broken at the moment. Although he's likely to keep starting, McGee hasn't hit 15 minutes in any of the Lakers' playoff games so far.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee logged just 11 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Friday, missing his only shot (a 3-pointer) and recording one block during his time on the floor.

    A flurry of fouls is what kept McGee off the court for an extended period (four fouls). The Nuggets tried to run at a quick pace, which also proved to be a poor matchup situation for him. We may not see much of McGee in this series, with the exception of brief stints to put a body on Nikola Jokic.

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee will return to the Lakers' starting lineup for Game 1 against the Nuggets on Friday evening.

    Coach Frank Vogel was thought to be considering a reinsertion of McGee, who was benched in Games 4 and 5 vs. the Rockets due to matchups, into the starting lineup. Vogel had suggested that the Lakers would "return to form" when the Nuggets series began, hinting that McGee would once again start, rather than Markieff Morris. McGee will be accompanied by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green on Friday.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Frank Vogel told the media that the Lakers will "return to form" when asked how they will play which suggests that JaVale McGee could start once again after being benched in Games 4 and 5 against the Rockets due to the matchup.

    McGee and the Lakers will be playing a much different group in the Nuggets in the WCF after fending off the small-ball Rockets. Nikola Jokić, Paul Millsap, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee are a much bigger group than P.J. Tucker and Jeff Green so it makes sense that the starting group would change back to what we saw for the majority of the regular season. In addition, Dwight Howard could also get some run off the bench after playing less than 16 minutes in total against Houston.

    Source: Bill Oram on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee is probable to face the Rockets on Saturday due to a sprained left ankle.

    McGee's role is awfully limited at this point, as the Lakers have been finding success with Anthony Davis as the center, helping to spread the floor, and providing AD and LeBron James with easier driving lanes against the Rockets switching defensive scheme. His usage could increase in the next round, assuming the Lakers are able to close the Rockets out.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Markieff Morris started Game 4 ahead of JaVale McGee and scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes on Thursday.

    Morris got the nod due to his speed advantage over a hobbled JaVale McGee but didn't really make a big impact. We may see more Morris again in Game 5 against this small Rockets team.

  • Talen Horton-Tucker
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Talen Horton-Tucker made his first playoff appearance on Thursday in the Lakers' Game 4 win over the Rockets, scoring five points and grabbing two steals in seven minutes.

    Horton-Tucker got a look off the bench with JaVale McGee not called in this game. It was clear the Lakers were trying to go smaller and quicker in this contest. Horton-Tucker probably won't be an important part of this rotation.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (rib), LeBron James (calf) and JaVale McGee (ankle) will all play on Thursday.

    All three were listed as probable and in no danger of missing this contest after playing in Game 3. AD and LeBron have been regulars on the injury report throughout the postseason but it'll take something serious to knock them from the lineup.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee (left ankle sprain) is probable to play in Thursday's Game 4.

    McGee is fully expected to play after suiting up for Game 3. He played in that one without limits, which for him meant 6:37 of court time. Don't expect much from the big man.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee (sore left ankle) won't be on a minutes restriction on Tuesday in Game 3 when the Lakers take on the Rockets.

    Up until as recently as yesterday there was plenty of doubt regarding McGee's Game 3 status, but his MRI came back negative earlier on Tuesday. Evidently, he's good to go and won't be on a minutes cap vs. the Rockets.

    Source: Michael J Duarte on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee (sore left ankle) has been cleared to play against the Rockets on Tuesday after his MRI results came back negative.

    McGee has been given the green light to take his place in the lineup for Game 3 after injuring his ankle on Sunday. While this is good news for the Lakers, his role figures to be minimal based on what we have seen thus far during the series. The Rockets rarely play a traditional center and that typically results in Anthony Davis shifting over to fill the middle. McGee is likely to remain the starting center but his playing time will not reflect that of a starting role.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee (sore left ankle) continues to battle with injury and is questionable to face the Rockets in Game 3 on Tuesday, according to Frank Vogel.

    McGee played only eight minutes during Sunday's Game 2 victory before leaving with the ankle injury. While it doesn't appear to be too serious, there is a chance the Lakers will opt to keep him out. Even during his time on the floor, McGee has been unable to impact the series given the Rockets' preference for small-ball lineups. If he is unable to go, Anthony Davis would likely shift over to the center position, affording Markieff Morris a little more playing time.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter