v1n5anity wrote: Herm24 wrote:
Ariza3 wrote:I agree. on that last possession where Kobe got the screen and missed the shot over nene he had Nash wide open for top of the key for a wide open 3. things like that where Kobe actually passes the ball are plays that should actually be used instead of making everything into a Kobe ISO. granted that shot was easy for him he just missed as he was all night
That shot went in and out and he had a great look at it .. He knocks that down 95% of the time .. He defense on other hand was well .. Pathetic! .. Where the game was lost: In the 1st quarter Nash got fouled on a 3 point shot .. The refs for no apparent reason said he wasn't shooting while he was clearly in the air .. Lakers end up taking the ball out of bounds instead of getting 3 free throws from Nash .. Then later on in the game .. With .3 seconds left on the Wizards 24 second clock .. They run a sideline line play and Webster makes a wide open baseline 3 pointer .. In the rules with .3 left only a tip can be attempted .. You don't have enough time to catch and shoot .. Should've never counted .. Those 2 plays cost us the game .. It's funny how things work out like that sometimes
No. You're dead wrong. Even after those two plays, Lakers were up 16. Kobe lost us the game. You can catch and shoot with .3 the clock. It's only .2 where you must tip the ball.
And Kobe doesn't make that shot even close to 95% of the time.
I don't really disagree with your assessment of Kobe's performance last night, but I don't think you can actually say that he alone "lost us the game". That's just not how it works..
The entire team got extremely complacent in the 3rd. A bunch of lazy passes were thrown (some by Kobe), took some bad shots, and worse of all, didn't try hard on D at all.
D'Antoni may be a lot of things, but he was right last night in his post-game interview saying that it looked like guys were just thinking "I don't need to play hard on D, we'll just outscore them" (means nothing if he isn't telling that to the players and really confronting them though).
NBA basketball is all about momentum. In the first half our D wasn't really that good, but we were doing well on offense and the Wizards were missing makeable shots and making mistakes of their own. We kept the momentum and they never got into rythm. However, a couple of minutes into the 3rd, that vastly changed. Our lazy mistakes on O led to easy shots (layups of transtion 3s) for them on the fastbreak, and they started to gain momentum. As soon as they got into a little rythm, the shots that weren't really falling for them in the first half started to drop. They played better D, and we failed to adjust properly. The lead completely faded away.
Of course we played pretty terribly on O to end the 4th, and most of it is on Kobe (though there's blame to place on the coach and on Nash in that regard, they need to step up. MWP also gets some blame for one of the most disgusting crunch time plays I've ever seen), but the game was "lost" in the 3rd Q, where we lost all of our momentum and gave away
what minutes before had been a 16 point lead. And that was NOT only Kobe's fault, it was a team-wide collapse.
Kobe was the "zero" last night IMO, one of the rare occations where he's the guy who deserves most of the blame, but "closing" isn't only the last 5 minutes or the last 8 minutes. It's also taking advantage of the huge lead you've created and putting away the bad team you're facing in the 3rd, so you can rest your starters the entire 4th. The reason we weren't able to do that wasn't just Kobe, and I don't think you could argue it was.