Ed Davis posts a big line in blowout loss (Oct 30 12:00 ET )
Ed Davis turned in a big line against the Suns on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Ed Davis was outstanding off the bench for the Lakers on Tuesday, in which he scored 11 points while adding six rebounds, one steal, and two blocks in just 22 minutes.
The Scoop:Rookie Julius Randle suffered a fractured leg and will be out indefinitely, so if there was ever a chance for Davis to shine, it would be right now. Davis may be worth a flier, but the Lakers' plans are unclear at the moment. Stay tuned.
Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.
The Scoop:He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Nylon Calculus . Seth Partnow goes deep on point guard style, trying to come up with a workable system for distinguishing between your pass-first, shoot-first, drive-and-kick and every other kind of lead guard you can think of, and what differentiates them from one another. Interesting stuff. PF : TrueHoop . Kevin Arnovitz — excuse me, the great Kevin Arnovitz — on the Los Angeles Clippers' slow and steady assault on the Los Angeles Lakers' domestic market share. SF : Silver Screen and Roll . Ben Rosales crosses his fingers and hopes Byron Scott decides to give the likes of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Ed Davis an awful lot of minutes this season: "To surpass expectations you need players who will play above their perceived ceiling and that is only really going to come from the team's youngsters." SG : D.C. Sports Bog . As promotional giveaways go, I'm going to rank "Marcin Gortat action figure" below "replica championship ring," but neck-and-neck with "Z-Bow-Ties. " PG : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck on Steve Kerr preaching the gospel of ball movement in his first training camp as head coach of the Golden State Warriors. 6th : NetsDaily . Taking stock of the multiple young new faces — no, seriously! — with a chance of contributing in to the famously vet-heavy Brooklyn Nets this season. 7th : Eye on Basketball . Matt Moore on the factors that complicate the Atlanta Hawks' reported attempts to trade Al Horford, and the factors that complicate the reality of keeping him. 8th : Wall Street Journal . Chris Herring argues that Iman Shumpert, not Carmelo Anthony, is the New York Knicks' most important player this season. (And here's where I remind you that Shumpert was my "contributor with something to prove" in our Knicks season preview , because ruthless plugs are the best plugs.) 9th : The Triangle . Jared Dubin wonders whether the Toronto Raptors' seeming abundance of legitimate wing options might constitute too much depth. 10th : South Florida Sun-Sentinel . Well, Chris "Birdman" Andersen seems to be in midseason form, quote-wise. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
The Scoop:Robert Sacre played more on Sunday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes. Davis received a DNP-CD because coach Byron Scott wanted to get a long look at Sacre. The former Raptor and Grizzly has been terrific at camp thus far and is on the radar in deep leagues, especially considering how tough it's been for Jordan Hill to play big minutes.