Well I imagine this post will be short and sweet …. Sammy shouldn’t be playing.
Jordan Farmar is the leader of the Lakers bench. He’s their most capable player, their best go-to scorer and most reliable creator/playmaker. He’s also the best point guard off the dribble that Sammy have faced outside of Chauncey Billups (I’m not really considering Stuckey there because Hunter nearly always came in at the point to defend Sam/Eddie but I’d rate Stuckey ahead of Farmar too). Better than Bibby, West, Gibson, Jones, Hunter. Sam is a weak defender and is particularly vulnerable against quick penetrating point guards. Playing Sammy makes Farmar a much bigger factor than he should be and alleviates some of Kobe’s scoring burden. This is a big enough, an important enough reason, to disclude Sammy from the off.
On another note, Sammy’s shooting, Sam has 3 made field goals from his last 26 attempts. He hasn’t been shooting the ball lately. That said I don’t think that continues but I know many Celtics’ fans feel otherwise so I thought I’d give it a quick mention.
Sammy shouldn’t play.