L.A. Lakers: Steve Blake, Shannon Brown Are Earning Their Pay In the Back Court

November 6th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Most of the credit for the Los Angeles Lakers' 6-0 start has rightfully gone to the superb play of forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, but backup guards Steve Blake and Shannon Brown have quietly demonstrated their value as reserves.

Last night with Odom in the midst of a 2-of-10 shooting performance from the field Blake and Brown combined to score 26 points for the Lakers on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, in a 108-103 victory against the Toronto Raptors.

The win narrowly preserved the Lakers' undefeated record, and continued to lend evidence to the fact that signing Blake in free agency and retaining the services of Brown may have been the Lakers' smartest offseason moves.

Blake's steady hand at point guard and his 52.3 shooting percentage from three point range has more than compensated for the loss of Jordan Farmar, and Brown finally appears to be comfortable in his role backing up Kobe Bryant.

Brown has started the season on an offensive tear while contributing nine points per game, and shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from three point range.

Brown and Blake's combined scoring average of 16.8 poin ...

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