It was playoff basketball reduced to maddening math.
The Phoenix Suns stormed through Tuesday's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals with 10 players.
The Lakers staggered around with six.
The Suns were like a joyful college team, everyone playing, everyone scoring, the sidelines dancing.
The Lakers were like a somber high school team with one star and five kids from shop class.
"They had 10 guys involved out there, we had about half that," said the Lakers' Lamar Odom, shaking his head. "They had help from all over the place, and we didn't."