November 25, 2010

The Killer B's

Phil Jackson collectively called Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, and Shannon Brown as the "The Renegades" of the Los Angeles Lakers because of their gritty play off the bench.

But one nickname that has caught the Lakers faithful's fancy is "Killer B's." (Get it? Barnes, Blake, and Brown, all starting with B).

In the last three games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, and the Chicago Bulls, the Killer B's averaged almost 36 points per game and a handful of them were made in the clutch. The trio can be considered as the Lakers' out as they have made a total of 23 three point baskets in the same period.

Most notable of the three is Shannon Brown, who has been huge in the game against the Bulls. He scored 18 point in the first half, just enough to keep the pressure off starters Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. It's also no coincidence that the Lakers have been winning in the games that the bench played very well.

The nickname "Killer B's" is great because of the dagger three's the trio have been making, as well as the same gritty play. I hope the nickname sticks.

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