Lakers move Gasol to reserve role, start Clark

Lakers move Gasol to reserve role, start Clark
January 21, 2013, 9:44 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) The struggling Los Angeles Lakers have juggled their starting lineup, moving forward Pau Gasol to a reserve role and replacing him with Earl Clark.

Coach Mike D'Antoni made the move before Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls, hoping a quicker lineup would spark a team that had dropped eight of 10. It comes after Gasol scored 25 points in Sunday's loss at Toronto.

D'Antoni says he spoke to Gasol and that it's nothing ``against him, it's better for us right now.''

At 17-23 at the start of the day, the Lakers have been a major disappointment. They've been hit hard by injuries and switched coaches, with D'Antoni replacing Mike Brown.

Gasol is averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. Clark is averaging five points.