L.A. Times: The Lakers’ “Bench Mob,” as they have dubbed themselves, might have their mettle tested this week.
No longer will they be at the friendly confines of Staples Center, where the Lakers have played 11 of their first 15 games. Even when the Clippers hosted them at Staples Center, it was more like a home game for the Lakers.
The Lakers on Tuesday begin a trip that takes them to Indianapolis, Philadelphia on Wednesday night and Washington on Friday night.
The challenge for the Lakers’ deep and talented reserve unit is maintain a high level of success in hostile environments.
“I think we are mature enough to keep our composure, to keep our poise on the road,” guard Sasha Vujacic said. “We did pretty good last year on the road, so coming into this season, I think we’re more mature and we’re playing together. We’ve just got to do what we’re doing right now.”
As of Monday, the Lakers’ bench was the second-highest-scoring reserve group in the NBA, averaging 37.2 points per game. Minnesota (38.9 points) was first, Portland (36.9) third, San Antonio (36.8) fourth and Oklahoma City (36.8) fifth.