Lakers let Celtics' reserves win it

Starters can't find energy to compete, and L.A. lets golden chance slip away in Game 4

Updated: June 11, 2010, 4:59 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- The most misleading statistic often cited during these playoffs has been comparing the bench play of the Los Angeles Lakers with that of their opponents, whether it be the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals or the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

It's convenient to simply tally up the number of points the Lakers' reserves have and the number their opponent's reserves have and (often times) marvel at the disparity. The problem with that math is it fails to tell the whole ...

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