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NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 6: Lakers bench arrives just in time

Jun 16, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

Something about home cooking. Does the bench body good.

There’s been a high level of complexity to the results of the NBA finals thus far. Everything from the Lakers’ ball movement to the Celtics rebounding have influenced the outcome. But a consistent factor in deciding these games has been the output of the respective benches. And in Game 6, along with their starting counterparts, the Lakers’ bench finally showed up.

In the Lakers’ three losses in this series, their bench has scored just 37 points. In their three wins? 62. And 25 of those points came in Game 6. Lamar Odom is the real fifth starter for the Lakers, but tonight Sash Vujacic (Machine!)’s 9 points, to go with Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown’s understated 8 points combined were a huge difference.

LA outscored the Celtics 25-13 in bench points, and still held a 17-13  advantage without Odom. That Odom decided to actually make an impact (though only scoring 8 points) was just a bonus.

Farmar and Brown, when motivated as they often are by a home crowd, provide defensive intensity and transition buckets. Perhaps nothing so encapsulated the Lakers’ night than Farmar’s diving recovery of a loose ball, feeding Bryant for a transition drive that led to a foul. It was a perfect example of the kind of play that the bench failed to make in Boston and that the Lakers desperately needed in Game 6.

The Celtics’ bench is all primary bigs outside of Nate Robinson, but with the three headed monster of Farmar, Brown, and veteran’s veteran Derek Fisher, the Lakers overwhelmed Rajon Rondo, who had another absolutely horrific game.

Maybe it’s the roar of the celebrity crowd, maybe it’s the sunny weather, maybe it’s just the realization that they were needed tonight (along with an entire team effort that swarmed the Celtics).  But whatever the reason, the Lakers’ bench stepped up tonight, and that’s part of the reason they get another game to make their final statement as to their importance on this top-loaded Lakers squad. If they play like they did tonight, they’ll have another ring as role players on a star studded team.

  1. Yogi - Jun 16, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    I do not care if the Celtics lost the game Tuesday. The Celtics is a better all around team. They usualy play as a team, unlike the Lakers.I think the Celtics has the team with intelligence. You are able to tell that Rondo is bright.The Celtics has the better looking men also.Now who would call Kobe good looking.Without his money he would not have been able to buy his simple looking wife.Kobe is not a good basketball player. All he is able to do is make 3 point baskets.Now was that necessary, kissing his wife during the game?She looks about as dumb as her husband. I hope the Celtics win Thur, I also hope they(Lakers) lose in the 4 quarter.

  2. Eric of Melbourne - Jun 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    History doesn’t care who was the better team – it’s who wins the Finals, and the Lakers are almost certainly going to do that.
    “The Celtics has the team with intelligence”? Oh my! Nuff said.

  3. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 16, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Read the speech from Big Baby Davis and you’ll understand why they lost and why they will lose game 7.

  4. gary - Jun 16, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    What does it matter who looks the best? Kevin Garnet scares my little boy. The Celtic’s don’t have an answer for Kobe…who is by the way the best player in the game right now. The Lakers will win game 7 Thursday!

  5. Omnius - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    There’s no place like home for a bench to show up big. The Laker’s bench really trashed Boston’s bench and it was a joy to see DJ Mbenga get some playing time. Looks like the Shrek and Donkey show got left in Boston and didn’t make the trek west. Had to love Downtown Shannon Brown dunking big and Jordan Farmar posterizing Garnett with a monster dunk. The Lakers played superior team defense, forcing Boston to it’s worst point total ever in the NBA Finals and the second worst in NBA Finals history. Expect more miracles from the Laker’s bench in game 7 as the Fat Lady is going to be singing the Blues for Ancient Gang Green come Thursday night after the Lakers win their 16th title.

  6. mu - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    can you say ad hominem?

  7. ProphecyComingTrue??? - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Three things I got from your post:
    (1) You are about 13 and the structure of your post dictates that you are young, naive, and a bitter little soul that has not learned how to master sentence construction to sound intelligent.
    (2) You are an adult, and your post makes you sound like a bitter uneducated douche bag…or
    (3) You are an adult trying to be funny, but you sound like a humorless, bitter, uneducated douche bag.

  8. Linda - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM


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