“I’m a little more comfortable there,” Kelly said regarding the power forward spot. “I can get more involved offensively than I had been at times with the 3. I’m still getting back into that groove a little bit defensively and where I need to be with defending screens and different things. Also, offensively, the looks are better. I have to take advantage of those.”Though aware of Kelly’s limitations at small forward, Lakers coach Byron Scott insisted on giving Kelly that role in hopes to further his development. Scott then followed through on his plan to put Kelly back at his more natural spot for the last stretch of games.Kelly still found significance in playing a position that did not cater to his strengths as an outside shooter and floor stretcher. “The more positions you can play, the more things you can do and the more your value is important,” Kelly said. “It’s about defending quicker and faster players. There are times when teams are going to go small and you’re going to have to adjust. … Offensively, you have to get your shot off quicker against tougher defenders and handle the ball better.”Kelly still has experienced hiccups with his new role. He struggled against Oklahoma City’s Enes Kanter, who posted 25 points and 16 rebounds. After shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range against the Thunder, Kelly went only 4 of 13 — and 1 of 8 from the perimeter — against Minnesota. TORONTO — The reasons for Ryan Kelly’s high spirits do not just stem from his alma mater advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.In the Lakers’ 12th different starting lineup this season, the former Duke Blue Devil has moved back into a role that helped him please the Lakers his rookie year as the 48th overall pick and ink a two-year deal worth $3.5 million last summer. Kelly will start at power forward when the Lakers (18-51) visit the Toronto Raptors (42-30) on Friday at Air Canada Centre after showing a steep learning curve playing the small forward position.In his last two games starting at power forward, Kelly has averaged 13.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds and two assists. That marked a sharp increase from when he averaged 4.0 points on a 30.1 percent clip, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists through 38 games at small forward. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’re trying to get him to be a little bit more selfish out there taking shots,” said Lakers assistant Paul Pressey, who coached the past two games while Scott attended his mother’s funeral services. “He was facilitating for us and moved the ball a little bit. But Ryan has to shoot a little more … but you have to appreciate the guy because he plays the game the right way. He doesn’t force anything.” Bragging rightsPressey coached only two games. But his record (1-1) bodes a greater winning percentage than Scott (18-50). Will Pressey tease Scott about it?“I don’t think so,” Pressey said, laughing.
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