Nate McMillan is messing with your mind.
After declaring yesterday that Nicolas Batum, the summer league disappointment turned preseason defensive wunderkind, would get the start versus the Lakers, McMillan decided to mix it up. Travis Outlaw, the longest tenured Trail Blazer, will get the start, with Batum moving to the second unit.
"After sleeping on it, I've decided it's just the right thing to do," McMillan told The Oregonian's Jason Quick. "There are a number of reasons, and one of them is Travis is at the point now that he needs the opportunity to show what he can do."
Outlaw practiced with the first unit at shootaround today, so unless Nate takes a nap between now and game time and has another change of heart, expect TO to be in there come the opening tip.