Heir'z Corner: Defense Lifts Lakers Past Nets

Heir'z Corner: Defense Lifts Lakers Past Nets

Postby Heir on Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:43 pm

Heir'z Corner: Defense Lifts Lakers Past Nets

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Things weren't looking pretty after the first half; we gave up over 50 points and couldn't create any sort of breathing room. It seemed as though this would end up being another hard fought game against a lesser team as a result of us not putting them away early and not putting enough effort in defensively. However, in the second half we finally put them back on their heels and were able to flex our muscles a little bit. Blowout win against a bad team at home, not much to [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] about tonight.

Vlad- It's good to see that he's continuing his outbreak of great shooting. Ever since the Phoenix game he's been lights out and only looks more confident as each game progress. Again, he didn't get that many shots up tonight, but that's due to the fact that Kobe struggled all night so the defense didn't have to leave Vlad to help. It's easy to look at Pau's point total and fiend goal percentage and wonder why that wouldn't have helped Vlad out more, since of course Kobe isn't the only guy on this team who might command an occasional double team, but he only took 12 shots from the field and got 8 of his points from the line. Had we fed him the ball on a more consistent basis, he probably would've scored more points and got double teamed. Then Vlad would've taken care of the rest. Final stat line: 6 points, 2-6 from the field, 2-4 from downtown, 4 rebounds.

Bynum/Gasol- I'm kinda disappointed that Bynum didn't grab more rebounds. I thought he played a pretty good offensive game, though, and should've received more touches. But Lopez shouldn't have been so effective against him being so inexperienced. Bynum should be at the stage in his career where he's coming out looking to put young guys away to teach them a lesson. Pau, however, was one of our few bright spots throughout the game. If it wasn't for him, we most likely would've trailed going into the locker room due to Kobe's struggles. It continued in the second half, but Pau's hot shooting was too much for NJ's front line. Same as Bynum, more rebounds would've lead to a more imposing victory physically, but he played better than anyone tonight overall. Final stat lines: Bynum- 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6-9 from the field. Gasol- 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 9-12 from the field, 8-8 from the line.

KB24- His struggles in this game are no big deal. NJ played respectable defense and forced Kobe to take some tough shots, whether he was doubled or just single coverage. The good thing is that he never got flustered (big shock there) and continued to play his game within the system. Outplaying Carter wasn't his mindset coming in. Final stat line: 12 points, 5-17 from the field, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and only 2 free throw attempts. *Shake my head*. Not good.

Fish- It seems as though his play is getting worse and worse. I'm not sure what the problem is since he's virtually playing the same way he did last season. Final stat line: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2-4 from the field, 1-1 from downtown.

Bench- Most of the credit for us blowing this game open goes to the bench. Farmar played his best game of the season, Ariza repeated his last performance, and Lamar did a little of everything. Sasha struggled yet again from downtown, though. He's really holding the second unit back with his bad shooting.

Final Thought
- We finally stepped up the intensity defensively and held another team under 100. Hopefully this game is a stepping stone for more efforts on the other end of the court for our next 10 or so games. As Kobe has stressed since last season, it's about getting better on defense EVERY game. Mavs up next, we'll see what the swoop is.

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