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Benched bench

December 7, 2008 | 10:03 am

Garden_bench On the surface, arriving back in L.A. after a 2-1 east coast roadie would appear celebration for, if not a four alarm celebration, little reason to grow worry lines.  But God is in the details and the ones surrounding some Laker wins deserved anything but worshipful treatment.  There was a propensity for blowing large leads, a bad habit Derek Fisher is reminding teammates can't continue during a championship season.  And seeing the Laker bench- considered by some to be the league's best- continually at the center of these collapses also garnered a bit of concern

Perhaps Trevor Ariza's mind was wandering with thoughts of a new business venture, but then again, Westchester's finest played fairly good games as a whole.  Instead, it was Lamar Odom- who played poorly enough to prompt Phil Jackson to give Luke Walton some rare PT- standing out as a super sub more in rep than intensity.  The move sat about as well with LO as his play did with PJ, leading some teammates to try and talk down the lefty Swiss army knife.  Perhaps a day or so to decompress will do the entire mob some good.  Then again, second units tend to struggle on the road.  Which makes tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks (6:30 pm PT) a welcome opportunity for redemption.

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