Why we lost? It was a collective blackout. Blaming only Kobe is damn exeggerated. Dude still has 45,/,4 and 2 steals 1 block and only 2 TOs. He was terrible but he can´t be the ONLY reason we lost.
OK I want to say something to everyone.
All it took was a little mind game from Mike Miller to make sure Kobe does everything possible to lose this game. How? Kobe wanted to prove he is the baddest and like almost everytime failed. He COMPLTELY ignored ALL teammates after 18 minutes. He was a selfish ballhog that killed the team. the guy simply makes terrible decisions down the stretch. period. 3rd straight game we had the chance to win at the end and third straight time we failed to do it because neither Kobe nor anybody else could stepp up. He had a hot stretch in the thrid in which he made 3 threes (3rd quarter) and a surge (late in overtime) but 24 misses is not just a bunch. When you take half of the teams shots you gotta do better than hitting 13 of em specially at home.
I want to see how much patience I have with him. He is hard to watch and I never thought I would want to bench him during the game because he hurts the team more than he helps. His missed FT, his clanks, his flagrant late in the game, his defense and most important his critical TO in overtime were killing us down the stretch.
I want to add he is the only guy that goes out as a warrior and fights to the bitter end even if he sucks. Its not ONLY him doing way too much, nobody else is interested to do anything.
Trade him for Artest damn it. The guy has no balls. He had 4 points and no assists after the first quarter. Thats bullcrap, period He just had a 3 and a FT in the last 3 quarters at home. He is never going to do what we need and we need scoring and defense more than we need Lamars rebounds and assists right now, you can be patient and think this time he will step up but the track record speaks volumes. He can step up but I don´t need someone who steps up 5 times a season, I need someone who can step up 50 times. He is great in a team that is already very good without him. I might add it was hard to do anything offensively with Kobes domination of the ball.
He is a TERRIBLE defender. Damn his reach ins and silly TOs make me wanna punch Jax and Crapcup for resigning him. he was the only guy from the bench that scored so some props for this game but over the season he is a waste of basketball IQ.
was awesome when he played untill the last shot. he was banged up but came back and 15/11 on 7-12 shooting is really good. You can´t expect more, he also kept Gasol from doing damage untill late in the game.
What a turnaround. Where is the exciting hustler who gets the steals, runs the transition and throws it down hard. he missed a WIDE WIDE open finger roll and missed a dunk. And his defense was abysmal for the 4th consecutive game. Time to realize he is breaking down really bad. His lateral slowness is beyond obvious. He is more and more playing like the guy that got cut regularly. Lets hope he can pick up the slack, otherwise there is no chance we make the playoffs if PGs burn us like that every night.
Hustled, was active but played bad defense and had terrible TOs down the stretch. I was just freezed. He didn´t get any touches because he was constantly ignored.
played a great game on both ends. Dude hustled, made some great shots but missed his last 2 that were in the crunch.
Thank you Sasha. You came in gave up 2 big threes to Stoudemire in the last minute and made the Memphis comeback possible specially with your 5 fouls that resulted in 6 FTs for reach ins.
OK all in all things I want to add why we lost
-4 defensive 3 seconds (4 MADE FTs) by Memphis. Are our bigmen (specially Kwame) that dumb? Hard to believe but ya.
-Kobe´s flagrant foul late in the game just because Miller got into his head early in the game and Kobe can lose you ANY game if someone gets into his head.
-The perimeter defense.
Specially on Eddie Jones and Stoudemire was ONCE AGAIN ridiculous- That way you don´t win a bottle of Coke.
we score 13 points.
NO BASKET WAS MADE FROM THE 2 POINT AREA. Can you believe it?
we made 4 three pointers and a FT in an entire quarter. Kobe was way too perimeter happy in the period and the rest sucked. At this point I must add when Kobe hadn´t started to take all the shots, the rest couldn´t hit a shot untill the 5th minute when Lamar made a 3. After that Kobe took ALL shots of the quarter and scored all the other points. (10) but once again we broke down in the 3rd. Gimme a break, it was pathetic and simply disgusting.
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