Well, if Kobe and Ron were not playing so many minutes and asked to do so much, they probably wouldn't try to conserve energy and take plays off so much -- Kobe much more than Ron.
I find it incredibly frustrating that with Nash out, we only have one player who can run a pick and roll effectively -- Kobe -- and when he does, it often results in a score (either dunk, layup, or kickout to a wide open 3 point shooter when his man collapses in the paint, or FTs for the roll man), or if a miss for the roll man, our D is set up to get back in transition because the shooters are starting to get back when the roll man shoots (and several defenders collapsed on him and are deep under the basket) and Kobe is in a good spot to get back too. Problem is that Kobe very rarely passes it to the roll man - like last night, Dwight was WIDE OPEN with 24 seconds left in the game and the Lakers up 1, and Kobe chucks a contested 19 footer as he is gliding sideways. Bron, Parker, CP3, Nash, and all other play makers make that pass 100% of the time. That is Kobe's job as facilitator -- and that was Dwight freaking Howard rolling to the basket. Kobe ALWAYS has to take the glory shots (those that will be deemed game winners in the final minute of play) and very rarely passes in the final 3 or 4 minutes (save for example that one play they ran for Bynum last year and a Gasol 3 last year). At the 1:30 mark, he drove against 3 players who collapsed on him and had Morris all by himself in the corner, and Metta all alone in the other corner (and you could see the frustration on both of their faces and in their body language). I wish Kobe (with Nash out and when he returns) would make the RIGHT play in those game-ending situations too -- and not just at the end of the half or a few times a game. Granted, he hit a couple of shots. But aside from the layup that he made, the two jumpers were decent shots for him -- he was not gliding, only had one defender on him, and Howard was not wide open (nor Morris).
I know I know -- he leads the team in assists...blah blah blah. He could average 12 assists with Nash out and this team would be much better for it.
Anyway, the fact that we are running MDA's system and havent picked up (because there is nobody) a single player who can run it even marginally effectively while Nash and Blake are out is madening.
So what if the Bulls waive Nate Robinson? Think he can help us? I do. Despite his knuckleheadedness.
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