Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni puzzingly tends to keep Jordan Hill glued to the bench, and last night prior to the game in Houston, the forward admitted that it can be frustrating. He vows to make the most of his opportunities. From Hoopsworld: “The two players who benefited the most minutes-wise from the absence of Pau Gasol and Steve Nash were Jordan Hill and Chris Duhon. Both played for D’Antoni previously in New York. Duhon thrived in the system then and was solid on Tuesday night with six points, five rebounds and seven assists. Hill on the other hand played just 10 minutes a game during his 24-game stint in New York with D’Antoni and had seen his minutes decrease since D’Antoni took over for Mike Brown. ‘It’s frustrating, but things get better,’ Hill said before the game. By the end of it, they had for him individually. Hill posted up nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes off the bench. With a solid understanding of what his new coach wants from him, he’s hoping to regain his spot in the rotation for good. ‘In this system they want me to space the floor more,’ Hill said. ‘I’m just like the guy that stays at the block and offensive rebound. I just try to focus mainly on that, but I just got to change it up a little bit and do what I have to do.'”
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