L.A. Times: They will be one of the keys to the Lakers’ success this season.
Then again, the Lakers’ bench was a big part of their success last season.
In the season opener for the Lakers on Tuesday night, their reserves demonstrated just how important they will be in helping L.A. to a 96-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
Lamar Odom, coming off the bench after initially being upset about that role when it was first presented to him, produced nine points on three-for-six shooting, and seven rebounds.
Jordan Farmar directed the attack, handing out six assists, collecting six rebounds and scoring nine points.
Trevor Ariza was a force, scoring 11 points on four-for-seven shooting.
Sasha Vujacic, still rounding into shape after playing in just one exhibition while he recovered from a left ankle injury, had five points on two-for-eight shooting; he made his only three-pointer.