Rooscooter wrote:Helljumper wrote:Offensively ... what's the problem? Dwight's getting nearly the same amount of shot attempts as a first option in Orlando. He's getting plenty of post opportunities. He's just been ineffective. And when your best player is a perimeter scorer who gets up around 20-30 shots a game, touches are going to be limited. Just ask Bynum, who has proven to be significantly better than Dwight in the low post.
He's getting about 3 less shots a game.... that's not my point however. I actually thought he'd get about as many as Bynum got last year and that's pretty close to where he is now.
My issue is recognition on offense of mismatches. Last night it was Pau and Howard against Koufos and Faried.... and we didn't force feed the post for what reason?.... the system. Faried was let off the hook in guarding Pau in the post where he would be overmatched and was allowed to guard Pau on the perimeter where he has the advantage.... Howard may be more limited in the post than Bynum (I agree with you on this) but he's still got a huge advantage on Koufos down there. Why not pound it in there and create some fouls and a reaction out of Karl? Instead we played a system and didn't play strength to weakness.....
This is the difference in a good coach and one that can be a difference maker on a championship team.....
Last night's problem was NOT our offense. We scored a lot of points at an effective rate, and that's with 2 of our 3pt shooters (MWP and Meeks) being extremely cold, Morris and Duhon not doing anything, Jamison getting a DNP CD and Hill being Hill. Kobe, Nash & Pau had it rolling, so we kept going with what was working.
To be fair, with Dwight bricking FTs (he was like 2 for 7 last night at one point, don't know if that's what he ended up with) and not really having a reliable post up game, I'm not sure that was such an effective option.
Pau wasn't one either. Nevermind Faried, Pau hasn't been able to effectively post up and score against "who the F is this" players for a while now. His post game is polished but his determination on the block is non-existant. He continiously passes the ball out, he flails his arms and screams for fouls, he takes contested jumpshots..
Again, I don't think on offense we really needed to change much last night. There was a tweet that described the night pretty accurately, it was something like: "Again the Lakers make a great play on offense but can't manage to get a stop on the other end. 10 point game".
The game was lost ENTIRELY at the defensive end. We couldn't rotate or rebound to save our lives.
BTW you noted how desinterested Howard looked, adding that to what I already pointed out about his offensive game on the block I don't think feeding him the ball against a very active team was such a great idea.