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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Comments On Bench Outplaying Starters Reviewed by Momizat on . In the season opener victory against the Clippers, the Lakers got 76 points from the bench. It was a pleasant surprise and most didn't expect that type of produ In the season opener victory against the Clippers, the Lakers got 76 points from the bench. It was a pleasant surprise and most didn't expect that type of produ Rating:
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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Comments On Bench Outplaying Starters

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In the season opener victory against the Clippers, the Lakers got 76 points from the bench. It was a pleasant surprise and most didn’t expect that type of production to continue. Seven games into the season, the Lakers have the highest scoring second unit in the NBA and have clearly outplayed the starting line-up.

Averaging nearly 58 points per game, the bench has played extremely well and Jodie Meeks is currently leading the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game. At practice, head coach Mike D’Antoni commented on the bench outplaying his starter so far this season:

With Pau Gasol getting back into game shape and Steve Nash struggling with injuries, it has forced D’Antoni to go with an 11-man rotation. While it isn’t ideal, every player has produced and it has given the veterans more rest than expected. Steve Blake is currently the only player who is averaging more than 30 minutes per game for the Lakers.

Before the season, most did not expect the Lakers to get off to a 3-4 start. While the bench needs to continue playing at a high level, the starters need to do their part and play better if they want to make the playoffs. The Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves and look to get back to the .500 mark.

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  • Paytc

    It boils down to who has the most ‘HEART” and athleticism. Who is most capable of “STEPPING UP”? It does not matter if you start because upon entering the game you have to “STEP UP and make an impact. If you keep “STEPPING UP you will separate yourself from everyone else starter or not. Then in time MDA should see who he can call on to carry the loads at least until Kobe returns.

    Go Lakers !

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Yeah step up Lakers tbh.

      • cj

        please stop the tbh crap.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Wolf Pack bench is awesome best in the NBA,Starters not doing good tbh.

  • ra

    OK, we can take this is a great positive. Much better than having lousy starters and a lousy bench.

    Also, on the plus side, maybe the bench can play more minutes and that will optimize starter playing time (for the older players, reducing playing time would actually benefit).

    Go with what you got! Our bench rules!

  • Daryl Peek

    “They’re also playing against second line guys.”

  • Jim213

    Funny for the coach to comment on the second team when they’re either getting equal or more playtime in the 4th quarter than the starters. Downplaying playing this IMO…

    • hookedonnews

      What? In close games the starters are on the floor at the end of games. The exception would be the Clippers game. They were playing great and he left them in because he said they deserved to finish the game. I don’t know what the problem is. I’m sure none of these guys care as long as the team wins.

      • Jim213

        Disagree, but why argue now..

  • hookedonnews

    D’Antoni said before the season even started that he was going with an 10/11 man rotation. It has nothing to do with injuries. The reason for the long rotation is that you don’t have a drop-off in talent once you get past top 4 players. They all play at a similar level. At least that’s what MDA said.

  • Lakers4Life

    Nobody cares about what Dumbtoni says. He should just eat some more pringles and await the upcoming day when he gets fired out of Lakerland for good :-D

  • tony

    One of their biggest problem is BY Starting Nash and Blake (two slow old guys) in the back court and Young at SF (should be a SG) they give up too much size to opponent,,, Kevin Martin didnt miss a shot until Meeks and Henry started Guarding him,, Same with every other SG who has played against Lakers this year.

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