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Luke Walton says ‘most likely’ he’ll change starting lineup vs. Bulls

Luke Walton

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and Lakers head coach Luke Walton says he is “most likely” going to make changes to the starting lineup.

The Lakers are coming off a terrible loss to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. L.A. lost by a final score of 101-95. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and JaVale McGee started that game. It’s unclear what changes Walton is going to make on Tuesday.

The Lakers have really struggled since superstar small forward LeBron James went down with a groin injury on Christmas Day. The team is just 3-7 since The King got hurt against the Golden State Warriors. They have wins over the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, and Detroit Pistons. On the season, the Lakers are 23-21 and tied with the Kings for the final playoff spot in the West. But they’re just 8-12 in their last 20 games.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, or Michael Beasley could entire the starting lineup for the Lakers, but it looks like Walton is going to wait until near game time to reveal his changes.

One thing is clear, however. Losing to the Cavs and Bulls in back-to-back games at home would make Walton’s coaching seat even hotter than it already is. L.A.’s young core of Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart have to step it up on Tuesday against the Bulls and lead the club to a win.