This is getting interesting! You probably do not need any math to tell you the Suns bench lineup of Amundsen, Frye, Dudley, Dragic and Barbosa(+15 points) won this game for the Suns. For the series this lineup is +30 points in 20 minutes when Bynum and Odom are on the court, and last night the bench lineups was +18 points in 11 minutes against Bynum and Odom. Against Gasol and Odom, the bench lineup is -11 points in 10 minutes. For once Phil Jackson made a bad move, because he did not realize that he needed Gasol and Odom out there against the bench lineup. Clearly Bynum cannot move enough to cut off the Suns 3 pointers.
Gentry deserves tons of credit for going with 5 bench players and making it work. To my knowledge no other team this year has done this successfully. Of course, going with 5 bench players means you can have lots of minutes with your sterters on the court.
- By the way Frye last night still had trouble against Gasol Odom duo (Suns were-7 points here.).
- The Suns have many more degrees of freedom than the Lakers have in their lineup choices and it looks like this series comes down to Game 5! I think the Suns have a real shot here.
- I still think Lopez deserves more time but if Bynum and Odom are out there, the Suns bench should “make hay while the Suns shine.”