November 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Xavier Henry (7) goes in for a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Henry will replace Nick Young in starting lineup for Lakers


After his strong start to the 2013-14 season, including a 22-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers, shooting guard Xavier Henry will be inserted into the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers when the team takes on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. Henry, who is averaging 13 points and shooting 40%, will take the place of the struggling Nick Young, who is shooting only 27% so far this season.

Here’s head coach Mike D’Antoni on the decision:

Just [trying] to find a better spot for Nick, maybe get a little bit more production out of him. [Henry] has played as well if not better than anybody. There’s no reason not to go ahead and do this and lengthen his time on the court a little bit (Los Angeles Times).

Henry, who has only started 18 games in his three-year NBA career, was calm about being moved into the starting lineup: “I’m not too amped up or doing anything crazy. I’m going to do the exact same thing I’ve been doing.”

The game between the Hawks and the Lakers will begin at 6:30 p.m ET tonight.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]

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