How bad did it get for the bench mob's formerly made men? Luke Walton led all pine scorers with six points, and required nine shots to make that happen. But with six assists, five rebounds, a steal and some pretty consistent activity, he was the least of the bench's concerns. Josh Powell hasn't drained a field goal attempt since March 26th against Detroit and brought little to the table this evening. But in a perfect world (one where Andrew Bynum is soon available), he'd only play spot minutes in a limited role. There's only so much one should regularly expect from a career journeyman with a limited game.
I don't think Brown's PT was a "message" to "motivate" Farmar. I think he's sincerely looking for answers. And if there is one potential upside to falling further behind the race with Cleveland for home court throughout the playoffs, it's that, assuming distance is maintained between Boston and Orlando, Phil will get the chance- hopefully utilized- to Gasol, LO, Derek Fisher and Kobe. Unless he opts to play Farmar/Vujacic 25-30 minutes, that should guarantee Brown will hit the floor. If he can find a way to click quickly, it wouldn't shock me if Jordan or Sasha see their minutes drop.