The Rock wrote:Some interesting numbers for the season we score 101.85 points per game good for 6th in the league. We give up 100.75 points a game. 6th worst
Over the last 10 games where Kobe has started facilitating (mostly with either Gasol or Howard out), we're scoring 99.7 points a game. 11th best. Same stretch of games defensively we give up 97.4 points a game. 11th best. So even though Kobe is facilitating and cut down his scoring, our offense has become slightly worse but we have become much better defensively.
3 of those games were without Dwight. And 1 of them was without Metta. And 4 without Pau. Now, I know Pau is no defensive juggernaut but he is our only 7-footer so he's still a big inside.
At any rate, I think this goes to show that in general, the theory that playing as a team offensively, would lead to the team playing better defensively. It makes sense, it's just nice to see it in action.
Looking at past 11 games (Kobe has been dishing in last 11 games), we're allowing 44.6% shooting compared to 45.2% shooting in games prior to the last 11.
Pace has dipped slightly which helps in the opp PPG department as we've gone from 87.3 opponent FGA per game down to 86.2 opponent FGA per game in the past 11.
Opponents are making 38.5 FG per game in the past 11, compared to 39.5 in games prior.
Not a massive difference numbers wise, but people need to remember this is per game. To hold opponents to a full percentage point lower every single night can make a difference.