Scott as a ‘mad sci­en­tist’

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike Bres­na­han mike.bres­na­han@la­times.com Twit­ter: @Mike_Bres­na­han

Lak­ers’ coach has en­joyed tin­ker­ing with lineup, try­ing to find a win­ning for­mula.

Losses aren’t the only things pil­ing up for the Lak­ers.

Dif­fer­ent line­ups have been em­ployed and dis­carded by Coach By­ron Scott for var­i­ous rea­sons, in­clud­ing in­juries and a largely in­ef­fec­tive ros­ter.

Twelve play­ers have started for the Lak­ers this sea­son.

At power for­ward alone, there have been five starters: Car­los Boozer, Ed Davis, Jor­dan Hill, Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly.

“It’s been a lit­tle wild,” Scott ac­knowl­edged re­cently. “But it’s also been fun. ... It’s like that mad sci­en­tist try­ing to fig­ure out what works and what doesn’t, try­ing to make that po­tion — this for­mula works, this doesn’t, you start over.”

But the Lak­ers are 20-53, pos­si­bly headed to­ward their worst sea­son ever. It can’t be that fun.

“It’s been a lot of fun be­cause now I’m learn­ing a lot about th­ese guys and what they can and what they can­not do,” he added.

Stick­ing with the science metaphor, it’s been tough to find a per­fect so­lu­tion, one worth get­ting a patent for, Scott said.

“When I can find one that I can bot­tle, I’ll let you guys know,” he said. “I’m just look­ing at dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions just to see how guys re­act with one an­other. That’s the big­gest thing, ob­vi­ously, is for us to con­tinue to play hard. For me, it’s just eval­u­at­ing the tal­ent that we have.”

Boozer said he would re­turn Wed­nes­day against New Or­leans af­ter a five-game lay­off to eval­u­ate younger post men, he was told. He has also been deal­ing with an up­per-re­s­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion.

It was un­clear if Davis would re­turn Wed­nes­day from a more dif­fi­cult-to­ex­plain two-game ab­sence, one that dis­ap­pointed the up­com­ing free agent be­cause he wanted to play all 82 games this sea­son.

The Lak­ers are list­ing point guard Jeremy Lin as ques­tion­able for Wed­nes­day’s game af­ter he missed two games be­cause of an up­per-re­s­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion.

Jeff Chiu As­so­ci­ated Press

LAK­ERS COACH By­ron Scott has used 12 starters this sea­son, in­clud­ing five at power for­ward.

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