The Lakers' hope was that Pau Gasol's return from injury would help them develop a consistently solid second unit.
The Lakers figured to have enough depth that fill-in starter Earl Clark wouldn't even have regular minutes once Gasol got back to his usual level of conditioning.

But the Lakers' depth was woefully lacking Monday night at Golden State with Antawn Jamison struggling to adjust to a sprained right wrist suffered last game and then starting small forward Metta World Peace not playing the second half because of a strained left knee.
Welcome back, Earl.
Shooting guard Jodie Meeks started the second half in World Peace's place. World Peace did return to the Lakers' bench before the fourth quarter, moving around some on the leg. The Lakers have Tuesday off before a back-to-back set at Minnesota on Wednesday and Milwaukee on Thursday.
World Peace has been one of the few Lakers to avoid significant injuries this season, although Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said World Peace wasn't full strength in his lower body earlier this season and struggling to defend small forwards.
Aside from the first half Monday night against Golden State exposing Gasol as moving very poorly in his second game back from the torn plantar fascia in his right foot, it showed again that the Lakers' second unit is heavily reliant on 3-point shots.
Reserves Jamison, Meeks, Steve Blake and Clark combined to shoot 0 for 9 from the field in the first half – and six of those shots were 3-pointers. The Lakers trailed, 63-40.
With 8:27 to play, the reserves were still down: a combined 3 for 20 (1 for 9 on 3-pointers). And the Lakers trailed, 100-81.
Jamison told D'Antoni that there was no pain in his wrist when he was shooting, but Jamison looked tentative in the game. Jamison said before the game: "I wouldn't be playing if I couldn't play my style or do the things I do." He finished 1 for 5 from the field in 14 minutes.