therealdeal wrote:The game was decided? They were down by only 8 with a little over a minute to play.
Get two stops and convert and you're down by 4 with 30 seconds or so to go. I'm not sure how the game was already decided at that point.
He played well, give him credit.
point is why did it take so long to do anything? Why wait till the 3.30 mark? If you remove the last 3.30 minute of the game he would've played nearly 25 minutes with signficant portion next to the starters and nothing notable other than that 3 pointer from Dwight's pass
Throughout the game, he did the same things that hurt us last year, turning down semi open shots, he was coming off multiple Dwight screens and going East to West instead of attacking the basket and putting pressure on defense. He's someone who doesn't force the issue and hence not prone to make mistakes but his play on the court is like going 4 on 5 and its leading to us taking bad shots/turnovers and putting pressure on Kobe mainly since hes the best option with the shot clock winding down.
And besides we weren't getting many stops to begin with so we the chances of us getting multiple stops in the last 3.30 were quite low
Good luck to him tomorrow, Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe are gonna tear him a new one.