Devin Ebanks Started In Place of Kobe Bryant On Saturday Night

Devin Ebanks Started In Place of Kobe Bryant On Saturday Night

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In the Lakers exit interviews with players at the end of last season, the team told Devin Ebanks to work on his skills at shooting guard to back up Kobe Bryant. He started the season at small forward and after four games, moved quietly to the end of the bench. The time he put into the gym over the summer putting up 1,000 shots a day were forgotten by head coach Mike Brown.
Over the past few months, Ebanks has moved from the end of the bench, to the D-League, and back to the end of the bench. His efforts
In a game against New Orleans last week, Bryant injured his chin. He had not missed a game in the past two seasons, but he and the team decided for the shin to heal, he needed rest.
To that end, the team announced a few hours before the game that Ebanks would start at shooting guard in place of Bryant.
It did not take long for Ebanks to prove that was a good decision.
Before Saturday night, Ebanks’ career high was 9 pts. He had10 pts already through the first 14 minutes of play. He finished the game with 12 on 6-11 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds in 32 minutes of play.
“It felt good to be out there,” Ebanks said. “Hopefully, I can keep this thing rolling and take it from there. And get some wins.”
In the previous 33 games before Saturday, Ebanks played only twice compiling a total of 4 garbage time minutes.
The Suns defeated the Lakers 125-105.
The Lakers play on the road at New Orleans tonight. Bryant’s status for the game is uncertain at this point. If he can’t go, expect Ebanks to start again.

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