Lakers starting Alex Caruso, sitting Dwight Howard for Game 6
With 6'10 "Anthony Davis and 6'9" LeBron James on the court, it's hard to tell the Lakers are getting small, but they're moving away from a traditional center and moving for more distance.
The Lakers will start Alex Caruso in Game 6 and ban Dwight Howard to the bench, a story broken by The Athletic's Shams Charania and now confirmed by the team.
Howard is unlikely to see much, if any, time on the pitch. Expect Markieff Morris to be the other "big one" on the court for the Lakers, who play the five.
The Lakers Standard starting five of these Finals - LeBron, Davis, Howard, Danny Green, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - has basically brought the heat to a standstill (a net rating of -0.9, according to NBA.com stats) . The offensive was efficient, but this group did not defend well against the best lineups in the Heat.
This new starting line-up only played 12 minutes together in the playoffs, but their defense was spectacular in this very small sample.
Alex Caruso is an annoying full-back who works hard at this end of the pitch and offers more distance and distance to the ground when attacking. The Lakers make a living from getting points in the color on offense, but over the past couple of games the heat has done a good job reducing that and making those shots far more difficult - and that's because Bam Adebayo because of his 75% points for himself plays shoulder and neck injuries. Caruso will pull the defenders out because he has to be accounted for at the three-point line.
Caruso is already a fan favorite. If the Lakers win the title in Game 6 with this move, it will become the Legend of the Lakers.
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