Found October 30, 2013 on Sports Report SoCal:
Not one person gave the Los Angeles Lakers a chance against the “western conference frontrunner” Los Angeles Clippers, especially without Kobe Bryant in the starting line-up.  But as it turns out it wasn’t the starting line-up that would prove to be the difference maker.  The starting five sat out the entire fourth quarter while the bench players dropped 41 in the fourth to put the Clippers away for good. The starting 5 seemed to start hot but mainly it was Pau Gasol who scored 13 points in the first quarter.  Steve Nash and Steve Blake combined for only 9 points, but Nash still looked somewhat healthy while on the court.  But Nash’s minutes are being limited every game and the Lakers were looking to find answers while he rides the bench.  Some names came up. Jordan Farmar, who is used to the bright lights in the Staples Center after being a member of the recent championship teams in 2009-10, came back better than ever looking like a veteran as opposed to the quick shooter and runner from those earlier teams.  He scored 16 points and recorded 6 assists in his first game back but his comeback was spoiled by Xavier Henry who exploded for 22 points in his first game ever as a Laker off the bench including 12 in the fourth quarter helping the Lakers finally pull away in the fourth. Shawne Williams got his first start for the Lakers as well last night but went 1-5 from the field and only got 3 points and 3 rebounds.  However Jordan Hill came off of the bench and scored 12 points along with securing 8 rebounds, 7 offensively and Chris Kaman also got 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds so it is unlikely Williams remains the starter much longer if his performance doesn’t spike soon. Jodie Meeks was the other player who stood out last night dropping 3 of the 14 Lakers 3-pointers and finishing with 13 points.  So the Lakers had 7 players in double figures and those players didn’t include Bryant or Nash.  If Mike D’Antoni can get these young players to buy-in to his strategy and his experienced players to hold the fort until the mamba returns, they could be a legitimate playoff threat when Kobe returns.
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