Weezy wrote: Finwë wrote:
Weezy wrote:Great 1st half, nightmare 2nd half. He kept fumbling the ball, he airballed twice (was fouled at least on one though, screw you ref), and he only made the one shot out of 8. But, it was a big shot, and he did have a lot of assists, I'm not going to jump all over Kobe for one weird game like some, Kobe is one player I never worry about bouncing back.
I agree but wouldn't say "great 1st half". He had 8 assists, yes, but he also overpassed a lot in that half and turned the ball over doing it a couple of times. It also contributed to him shooting poorly when he started to take some shots, he'd lost his rythm. He even had trouble dribbling the ball. Very weird.
Well I would say great half. He maybe overpassed on 2 possessions in the 1st half, other than that he was great. He was hitting guys, they were hitting the shots, and that assist to end the half to Jamison was great. I'm not going to complain if Kobe doesn't shoot in a half but we're up at the half and playing really good as a team. The 2nd half was a different story, he took too long to shoot into the 3rd and never found his rhythm, and he passed when the defense knew he wasn't gonna shoot.
I'd agree with you but the fact that he kept passing to role players who are inconsistent (MWP, Jamison, Clark) and was evidently planning to carry on doing the same in the 2nd half kinda makes it less good, because you just know there's gonna be a stretch where those players will start missing, we're gonna need Kobe to score and he'll be out of rythm. Then what do we do? Watch our lead evaporate like we did tonight.
I think opposing teams like the idea of Kobe not really being a scoring threat and having to worry about guys like Jamison or MWP instead. That's why I think they never went full single coverage with Kobe even though it was clear he was looking to pass, they didn't want him to switch and start scoring, they wanted to see if those other role players could beat them. By the time Kobe went to "scoring mode", he was out of rythm and it just wasn't the same.
I gotta add something that has been overlooked too, Tucker played VERY good D on Kobe all game long. He covered him very, very well, made his passes harder, bodied him up, and contested the few shots Kobe took (might've fouled him on a couple though).