Ras Algethi wrote:We can't score without Kobe, really comes down to that. The defense and rebounding were fine.
Yup. This game had all of the tell-tale signs of a team that is doing a lot of things right, putting in solid work, having energy and effort but not being able to put points on the board just the same. But even with Kobe (assuming a solid Playoffs type of Kobe scoring 30+) it's still so frustrating to see Gasol missing so many easy shots and Nash as well. Just felt like offensively on the Lakers no one had any spark at all.
And honestly, the Spurs had plenty of stretches of pretty crappy play as well, but the Lakers couldn't make the most of those opportunities to bridge the gap. I think it's going to be 2-0 Spurs returning to LA.
Gasol played the type of game that got him branded Gasoft. He was great with his passing, solid with his rebounding, but offensively he just didn't seem to want to go AFTER it at all.
I feel like this has been a WMC about the Lakers for the past 5 seasons but what is it with our team and being terrible at making jump shots? I understand jump shots from the mid-range are considered a pretty bad shot to take most of the time, but when left wide open I feel like most teams have at least 2 or 3 players who aren't their stars who can and will reliably
hit open Js when needed. With the Lakers, and not just this season, it's been like this through many rosters, they just never seem to have that in their depth chart. And obviously when you have a superior presence inside you don't need it to win but handing a team like that to a guy like D'antoni?