Rooscooter wrote:Living by low percentage shots is not really living. Great shooting teams shoot 36% from 3..... that's not a way to win anything other regular season games.
We didn't score the final 6 and change..... Kobe didn't score in the 4th I believe.
Defense was beyond bad for almost all night. Our runs were more of OKC missing open shots than us changing the game.
Tough to win a game where your second best player stays on the bus....
That's the truly deflating aspect of this team's "defense", whenever they do go on runs it is almost invariably a result of the opposing team simply missing shots than anything to do with pressuring the ball. Hell, even _stopping the ball in transition_, you know, defense 101, seems like a worse than 50/50 chance with this squad.
You just get this sense, every time OKC(or pretty much any other offensively talented team) has the ball that they will score unless they miss. I mean, we all knew D'antoni wasn't a great defensive coach, we all know Steve Nash isn't a great defensive player, but it's still just stupefying how _fundamentally_ awful our defense is. Like, we used to always talk about how Fisher was one of the biggest defensive liabilities in the game, but at least he played smart and fundamental defense within his ability. This current Lakers squad just... doesn't? There's like no describing it, they just don't. Dwight doesn't. Kobe doesn't. Metta doesn't. I mean, sure maybe in flashes, but overall they really don't play fundamentally strong on the defensive end and it gets even worse when talking about team defense and communication and rotating and help.
and then it is just so maddening because even bad defensive teams can still be effective, they just need to be able to create a stop
at the very least and they need to be offensively consistent. The Lakers can't create stops and they are offensively inconsistent.
But I've harped on this so much, what really gets me, more than anything else I think, is that the complete lack of defense almost makes you feel like opposing teams are scoring faster
than they even should be able to. Teams get so many opportunistic buckets against LA that they feast on without even having to get into their offense. Lakers give up 8-10 point runs faster than should be possible to score that many points. Every time Dwight splits a pair at the line it seems like the opposition simply gets an opportunity to score 2 in less time than they'd otherwise be able to if the clock hadn't stopped.
There's bad defense and then there is "Our defense is so bad, it actually makes opposing teams _better_", the Lakers veer into the latter.
I would not be at all upset if the entire team was blown up at this point. This team is a complete failure.