Holy Jodie Meeks.
Usually, there's really not much I can say about Los Angeles' bench. Or rather, there's not much I want to say. But color this an unusual occasion
Robert Sacre still looks unsure of himself every time he catches the ball, though he did move his feet nicely on defense. Outside of him, though, Los Angeles' bench fared quite nicely.
Meeks is still an enigma wrapped in another series of puzzles as well. He's such a deadly shooter, but he too failed to capitalize off some nice dishes from Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
That said, he wound up pitching 19 points on an impressive 6-of-11 shooting (5-of-9 from deep). His defense was also adequate. He did a nice job of keeping New Orleans' primary penetrators outside of the paint, save for a few lapses.
With regard to Blake, I've passed agitation and begun to pity him. He just looks overmatched on every on defensive possession, to the point where Dwight Howard must cringe.
Credit him with dishing out seven assists, grabbing four rebounds and forcing two steals, though. Despite missing all of his shots, he hung tough.
Like the rest of the team, the bench's collective faring wasn't pretty, but it got the job done.
For the Lakers to defy the odds, make the playoffs and then put up an admirable performance throughout, they're going to need their bench to string together more gritty displays like this.