Report: Lakers to have new starting lineup without Russell Westbrook vs. Blazers

Robert Marvi
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For tonight’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers will be going with a new starting lineup, as Russell Westbrook will be unable to play.

Westbrook has become the scapegoat for what has been a miserable season in L.A. He has played poorly of late, and head coach Frank Vogel has benched him in crunch time in the team’s last two games.

L.A. has reportedly been looking to trade Westbrook, and behind closed doors there has been something of an acknowledgment that this year’s unit is failing and will not work even when healthy.

However, the market for him has seemingly been either scant or nonexistent.

One way or another, people within the organization have realized that something needs to be done in advance of tomorrow’s trade deadline.

The Lakers are currently in the ninth spot in the Western Conference. For them to avoid the play-in tournament, they will have to get hot for an extended period of time.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.