Another blatant need the Lakers had to address was the desire to improve upon their struggling second unit, which ranks dead last in the league, putting up just 20.5 points per game. Using Sessions with the substitutes not only can feature his scoring more than if he was deferring to Bryant, Gasol and Bynum for the bulk of his minutes, but it also makes a guy like Barnes more effective. Barnes, averaging just 7.1 points on the season, had 17 points Friday and 12 points on Sunday in his first two games playing alongside Sessions. The bench ended up with 30 points, about 10 points more than its season average.
"I love playing with Barnes," Sessions said. "This is my second game playing with him and I love playing with a guy with his intensity. He gets after it. He's a slasher, he can catch the ball and he's looking to run and I like to run, so it's definitely a good 1-2 punch."
I said that Sessions was going to be Barnes' best friend, because he can push the ball and create easy baskets. He and Barnes play really well together because Barnes is always looking to run and slash to the basket.
Edited by J-H!zZl3, March 20, 2012 - 11:32 AM.