2010-2011 NBA Predictions: Is The Los Angeles Lakers Bench a Liability or Asset?

October 1st, 2010 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »
Two years ago, the Lakers’ bench was thought to be one of their greatest strengths. Many analysts and announcers even declared the Lakers as the deepest team in the league.

Since that time, the Lakers bench became notorious for giving up the big leads that the starters would build. Time and again, they were shown up by the deeper benches of the league.

It's not that the Lakers’ bench didn’t have potential.

In fact, the potential of the Lakers’ bench was on full display as they thoroughly outplayed the Celtic bench in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, outscoring them 25-13, not allowing them to register a single point until the meaningless fourth quarter of an 89-67 blowout.

The problem was that the Lakers bench was on the receiving end of smackdowns like that far more frequently than they dished them out. One could even blame the Laker bench for the Celtics’ Game 4 victory which allowed them to even the series and eventually propelled them to a 3-2 series lead.

In Game 4, the Lakers bench was stagnant while the Celtic bench, led by Glen Davis and Nate Robinson who scored a combined 15 points in the fourth quarter alone, outs ...

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