Pivot Points: The LA Lakers’ Bench Is the Weakest Link To a Superior Team

November 25th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
If the game of professional basketball was played without the service of reserves, then the Los Angeles Lakers would be more dominant than they have been in the past three games.

As it is, the bench plays an integral role in the success of an NBA team and the Lakers' reserves have been the depths of night compared to the bright sunshine of the team's first five players.

Take away Lamar Odom and the Lakeshow's bench is the worst among all other contending teams in the league, and it's not like they are even close in that respect.

Call it the ultimate anomaly, because the Lakers may have the best starting five in all of basketball, yet they tend to become spectators as they watch the bench waste the benefits of their supreme performances.

For the third consecutive game Kobe Bryant and company have watched the reserves lose leads of 20-plus points and allow teams to creep back in and make the final score somewhat respectable.

Take last night, for instance. The Lakers totally dominated the smaller New York Knicks, grabbing an astounding 60 rebounds to the Knicks' 36, and taking a 21-point lead into the locker room at the inter ...

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