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It figures to be only a matter of time before Ramon Sessions moves into the Lakers’ starting lineup, returning Steve Blake to a backup role at point guard. That time wasn’t Wednesday night, however.
Blake started for the fourth consecutive game since the Lakers traded Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets and acquired Sessions in a multi-player deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline last Thursday.
Sessions’ impact has been difficult to miss, with his speed and ability to get into the paint among the chief reasons the Lakers traded for him. He isn’t comfortable with either the Lakers’ offensive or defensive schemes, however.
“I’m definitely not up to speed yet,” Sessions said before scoring 17 points in the Lakers 109-93 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. “I’m not comfortable like I would like to be just because I don’t know exactly where everybody is supposed to be out on the floor. I’m starting to know more plays for myself as where I’m supposed to go.
“But being a point guard, I want to dictate where everybody else goes and tell them where to go. I’m going to get it sooner or later. It’s a little different than in Cleveland. I’m definitely trying to get all the concepts down as soon as possible.”
As for moving Sessions into the starting lineup sooner rather than later, Lakers coach Mike Brown said it’s not a pressing concern at the moment. Brown said he is content to allow Sessions to learn on the job.
“I haven’t really thought about that yet,” Brown added. “(It’s) a matter of him continuing to learn and grow and understand what we’re trying to do on both ends of the floor. It’s tough. It’s going to take time for him to become acclimated.”