Por cierto, este tópico, como el del foro americano, han sido los más populares de la temporada, es decir, los que han sido más debatidos y visitados.
Joe_Blow wrote:To anyone who questioned Pau's play in Game 4... wow! Sometimes I have to wonder whether or not folks were watching the same game.
Pau was a turnover machine in Game 3. He couldn't take the physical contact, the double/triples and reaches, or the fact that he was completely ignored in terms of opposition fouls (he went to the line 0 times).
Yet, even with all the above still taking place (1-2 FT's), he ABSOLUTELY MADE THE ADJUSTMENTS (this was one thing I was extremely happy to see).
11-16 for 23 points. 10 Rebounds, 4 assists, with only 2 turnovers. Pau made the adjustments, and both Pau & LO we're absolutely owning the paint! Sent to the line or not, these guys were ready to make it happen (as were D-Fish & Sasha from the perimeter).
Say what you want about porous D, but when you're outmanned by refs intent on allowing the opp. to play "their style" in their building (45 FTs to 25), you can't overcome that with tough D... YOU HAVE TO OUT EXECUTE THE OPP'S OFFENSE!
Which leads me to WHY we lost this game. Ya, crappy SF (starter/backup) and backup PG play aside, we lost this game in the assist category (20 TO 32), and by not playing inside/out when our superstar SG could not hit a perimeter shot.
Kobe couldn't hit a perimeter shot to save his life... understandably. The opposition knew it, his teammates knew it, both coaching staffs knew it, every fan in the building knew it, everyone watching the game on ESPN knew it. The only one who didn't know it, or apparently didn't care... was Kobe!
He just kept jackin' up the long perimeter shots (1-10 from 3PT, who knows what from 2). How many of y'all sat watching the screen with Kobe isolated on the wing muttering "please don't take the perimeter shot, please don't take the perimeter shot... damnit, why'd you take the perimeter shot?"
As gutty a performance as it was (it's Kobe... who expects less?), and as amazing as he was at adjusting his game (anyone think about Kobe's post game and what he might look like once he reaches 34/35 once he loses a step and a bit o' explosiveness... we probably saw a bit of it yesterday), his decision making in terms of jacking up long perimeter after long perimeter shot was absolutely horrid! That decision making and his ability to be aggressive while also keeping that attack mentallity controlled is his lone remaining weakness in his game.
Which brings me to PJ's "his guys bailed on him." FU PJ! Yet again more of PJ's "having his star player's back" crap. Anyone see Pau when he was asked to comment on PJ's comment? He was pissed!
Pau and LO absolutely stepped up, as did D-Fish and Sasha. They, especially Pau and LO, were ready to carry more of the load. They weren't given the opportunity to do so. That's why we lost, and that's why PJ's "bail" comment was pure horse****!
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