There are many reasons why I don't think the team has been playing well regardless of what your stats say.
I see guys physically bumping in to each other on offensive sets. Passing up open looks. Not making the extra play. Hesitating instead of shooting. Forcing the issue. Waiting far too long in the shot clock. There is no fluidity/flow/feel to the game whatsoever. Only 1 real regular season game but Nash is invisible. So what I mean when I say we are shooting 50% FG and 100PPG in SPITE of not playing well, I mean that how we're achieving those stats, is not sustainable over the long haul.
The stats that reflect these observations are as follows:
- Over 18 turnovers per game good for 2nd WORST in the NBA. And we're not even a run and gun team.
- Kobe averaging 3 assists per game.
- Nash averaging 4 assists per game.
- Kobe averaging more turnovers than assists per game.
- If Nash and Kobe combine for 7 assists and 5.5 TO per game all season, we're screwed.
The stats also include a high level of minutes for Kobe, Pau and Dwight. That is also not sustainable over the long haul. We have to execute better offensively so we can get more from the starters in LESS time.
If these first 5 games reflect a team playing EXTREMELY well offensively, then we are in big trouble. Honestly, I really don't know how anyone can watch this team and make the claim that they play EXTREMELY well offensively.
I honestly don't expect nash and kobe to average the same assists they had before while playing together. There's only one ball to go around. Either nash or kobe's assists will decrease. Somethings gotta give. I don't necessarily consider turnovers to be a part of the offense just yet. Because we are looking at an unfinished product. This team had previously played 1 game together before the regular season started. ONE. To say that these dominant players wouldn't find any issues meshing would be far from the truth.If this continues to be a problem down the road, then you can say it's a byproduct of the offense itself, and not the chemistry, and learning of the offense. At this point its unclear which is true. And to see them able to do the things they are able to do with all those variables added is a testament to how good the offense CAN be when they get used to each other and get everything down. But all of that is irrelevant. The lakers haven't been shut down. Like i've said multiple times, they have been around 100pts on 50% shooting, excluding this game. To say a team that does this has offensive problems is silly in my opinion. Now i'm not saying its perfect. I'm just saying it's more than enough to win. They can't try to outscore everyone. Their defense has been the main issue. And all of this is irrelevant. You said the starters pieces don't fit well. Can you explain this to me, i'm still lost on that. And I feel like we've strayed from those original comments...