TIME wrote:I completely disagree with the idea that Kobe should have gotten his teammates other than Dwight more involved last night. You say "the game situation called for it". What does that mean? The game situation I was watching was calling for him to keep us in the game when no one other than Dwight could make a basket.
Check the shots:
Pau = 2-9
Metta = 1-8
Morris = 0-6
Jamison = 1-7
Hil = 1-2
Duhon = 0-3
Meeks = 0-3
Teammates other than Dwight = 5-38
I know some have implied that their horrendous shooting was somehow Kobe's fault, but that is a ridiculous assertion. Last night was one of those rare nights when almost the entire team was just ice cold. If Kobe had not gone into Kobe mode we would have been blown out. He at least gave us a chance to win.
I'm not solely blaming Kobe for the loss, nor am I holding him accountable for his teammates shooting so poorly. It was a historically bad shooting night and you're right, I would be ridiculous for putting that on Kobe.
But when the team is isn't shooting well, I don't think the remedy is to take pull up jumpers without regard to running an action or passing to an open man. He kept us in the game, no doubt. But I'm saying that there were many
instances where "1 vs 5 ball" didn't help put out the fire, so to speak.
But my point lies more in this observation, which I think you agree with: Let's say Dwight makes his usual 50% of his FTs and has 20 pts instead of 17. I still think that's far too little on a night when the rest of the team is shooting poorly. Dwight needed more touches.
When we're fielding a team with Kobe Byrant and Dwight Howard having "good nights", we should beat the Pacers. I don't think it's farfetched for Dwight to have scored 24-28 pts last night solely on FGs, even with the 3/12 FTs.
"that is greatness right there, you can't stop greatness" - Charles Barkley on Kobe Bryant, 2010 WCFs