With the tipoff of Thursday’s Lakers vs. Clippers game came the official close of a battle for the starting power-forward position – for now.

Larry Nance Jr. started for the Lakers at power forward while Julius Randle watched from the bench.

For most of last season, Nance was a critical part of the Lakers’ very productive second unit.

The Lakers’ first points were off a put-back dunk from Nance.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said Caruso’s presence was a calming one for the young Lakers.

Zubac played in 38 games for the Lakers last season, starting 11.