trodgers wrote: JGC wrote:
trodgers wrote:If it's fair to blame a loss on one key factor, it's Dwight's shooting in the Hack-a-Dwight situation. And it's not even close.
Disagree. It was a 4pt game when they started Hack a Howard with what, about 3 mins remaining? We were up 11 at hmmm the 7 min mark or so?
Plus he shot 50%. If you expect him to shoot much better than 50% in order for us to win games, then we aren't going to win any really.
Kobe wasn't in the game in the 4th with an 11-point lead. He came in when LA was up 7. Over the next 3:42, the lead fell 3 points. Then Hack-a-Dwight began and in 90 seconds it was gone.
You commit a good deal of short-sighted mistakes in discussing stats, I've noticed. I don't care if Dwight shoots 50% for the game or for the season. You cannot allow your team to settle for 1.00 points per possession (which is what we get if he hits 1/2). No team in the NBA surrenders LESS THAN .99 points per possession, meaning if you're scoring 1.00, you're almost certainly giving up more. So you're losing ground.
Hack-a-Dwight is a catastrophic strategy to try to play through. You can take your chances with him on the court otherwise, outside such situations, because he'll get some easy looks, he'll hand out a few assists, and he'll draw attention. But in situations conducive to Hack-a-Dwight, he needs to be off the court.
Well, I'm not sure what Kobe has to do with it, per se.
If you've noticed some shortcomings in my stats, it's possibly because I'm often pulling them out of memory and not staring blankly at a play-by-play or a stat sheet. I might be off by a few percentages. But I won't pull them out of memory unless I'm quite certain it's close. Your conclusions I often find short-sighted though, FWIW, since I find I don't always agree with them. It's possible that that is either due to an over reliance on stats (even though I do like stats myself) or just ... denial about what the real problems may be. For instance, I do not think practice is a "good excuse" for our poor play.
Anyway, what I do remember is the team being up by 11 at the 7 minute mark. I remember hack a dwight around the 3 minute mark when we had a 4 point lead. How do you lose 7 points in 4 mins in the final quarter of a game? Probably a combination of poor offensive execution and poor defense. I also, for the record, recall us being up by 2 pts after D12 hit his final hack a dwight FTs at the 2 min mark. Am I wrong on this? So to say the lead was gone, is, short-sighted or just, an oversight (unless I'm wrong on this).
I'm sorry but in a game where we led by 8 after 1 quarter, 13 after 2 quarters and came in to the 4th quarter leading by 10 against what should be an inferior team, that should be enough to put the game away hack a dwight or not.
If Dwight can shoot 63% from the FT stripe in hack a dwight situations, then we should still be winning games. Don't you think?