Former Mountaineer Devin Ebanks found himself in the starting lineup for the Lakers playoff opener against Denver on Sunday. Ebanks Ebanks played a productive 20 minutes as the Lakers beat Denver 103-88.
"From our starting group we got good stuff from everybody," said Lakers coach Mike Brown after the game. "Ebanks got 12 points on 5-6 shooting from the field and five rebounds.
"It was a great night for him," Brown concluded.
Ebanks is getting minutes that would normally go to the suspended Metta World Peace. World Peace, in fact, has five games remaining on the suspension handed down after he slammed Oklahoma City’s James Harden with an elbow late in the regular season.
Ebanks became the first former Mountaineer since Tony Robertson in 1978 to appear in the NBA playoffs. And it has been a quick rise for the 6-9, 215 pounder who was playing in the NBA’s developmental league as late as February. Ebanks did get significant playing time earlier this month when Lakers star Kobe Bryant was out injured. Ebanks started seven games during that span. Ebanks finished the regular season with an average of 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 24 games.
The Lakers will host Denver in game two of the series Tuesday.