LakRfAn wrote:SMH at all the ref talk... In the first half, we went to the freethrow line every other time down the floor and we were down
The turnovers and Dwight not being himself yet are to blame, not the refs
There's a HUGE difference between being down by 5 and being down by 19. I have repeatedly said the first half was fairly officiated. In the second half, Portland got MORE physical, and got called for WAY LESS fouls. Also, the Blazers were INTENTIONALLY FOULING Dwight the whole game when he was getting open under the basket, which accounted for the VAST MAJORITY of our FT attempts in the first half. When the Blazers decided to only SELECTIVELY foul Dwight when he had a guaranteed scoring opportunity, his FTs went way down.
The difference in the game was the difference in the level of contact allowed by the Lakers defenders VS the level of contact allowed by the Blazer defenders. Dwight, Metta and Kobe all got called for AT LEAST 2 fouls that were on par with the same contact they were getting from their defenders on EVERY TRIP down offensively. After they got into foul trouble, the defense got worse because they couldn't risk fouling out when the game was still winable...which, for this team, is any game where we have less than 40 points to overcome in more than 6 minutes of game time.
The physicality differential was the single most prominent weakness for the Lakers, and it had the biggest impact on the game. It was clear as day. Blaming the refs is usually just a bad excuse, in this instance it is a legitimate analysis of the deciding difference between the two teams.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.