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Spencer Dinwiddie has been disappointing, Darvin Ham's message to the Lakers guard

The Lakers haven't been able to get much help in the backcourt mainly because of injuries

By James Brown

LeBron James, Darvin Ham and Spencer Dinwiddie
LeBron James, Darvin Ham and Spencer Dinwiddie
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The Los Angeles Lakers haven't been able to see what point guard Gabe Vincent brings to the team, arguably the biggest signing for the team in the offseason as he has been available for only five games and now we are only 23 games left from the ending of the regular campaign.

The front office stood pat in the trade deadline but was quick to act in the buyout market by signing point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, arguably the best option available. Since then, the guard hasn't been able to show what he is capable of.

Fans are already feeling disappointed, in the loss vs. the Suns, Dinwiddie played 23 minutes, the second most of the bench players, and scored 3 points with 2 assists. But coach Darvin Ham has a message to his guard.

“He just needs to go out and play, man,” Ham said at Lakers practice on Tuesday. “The guys have embraced him. The coaches have embraced him. The organization. That's why we wanted him here. He has a huge factor to him, in terms of wanting to make sure he's doing the right things to help his teammates and to carry about the execution that the coaches are asking for. And sometimes you just have to go out and hoop. And that's what I told him. Don't worry about making a mistake, man, we'll figure it out. Just go out and play your game. We'll adjust.”

Coach Ham's dilemma on managing his team the right way

The sticky situation reared its head in Sunday's loss to the Phoenix Suns. In a game in which the Lakers desperately needed help on the defensive glass, Ham opted to deploy Dinwiddie (23 minutes, three points, 1-of-5 FG) and Taurean Prince (27 minutes, team-worst -13) over Max Christie and Jaxson Hayes (11 total minutes). The former two are among the least effective rebounders in the NBA, while the latter two consider rebounding a strength. Christie ranks ninth in the NBA in defensive boards per 36 among shooting guards. "We were able to get Max in there in the second half and he came in and positively impacted the game,” Ham explained. “But it’s just something we’re gonna have to figure out. That’s what we get paid to figure those things out.”

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