Clippers Subs Make All the Difference in L.A.
Everywhere the Lakers’ reserves looked, they seemed to be outnumbered by their Clippers counterparts.
The Clippers’ backups played as if they were at full strength Friday night at Staples Center during a 107-102 victory over the Lakers even though they were missing super sub Jamal Crawford.
The Clippers’ reserves outscored their Lakers counterparts, 30-27, in points and 1-0 in funky dance moves, Turiaf getting into the act in the first half by alternately pumping each fist and jumping into the air as his team assembled an 18-point lead.
The discrepancy in bench play is among the reasons why the Clippers are NBA title contenders and the Lakers are two games below .500 more than two months into the season.
The Clippers’ reserves entered the game averaging 41.7 points a game, trailing only San Antonio’s bench (41.9) among all NBA teams. And that’s before getting back Grant Hill, who is supposed to make his season debut next week after sitting out all season because of a bothersome knee.