halekulani wrote:Real Deal wrote:POSITIVES
- Passing. There was a point in the game that the Lakers had 15 assists on 20 shots made, which is a huge improvement from last season. In fact, take a glance at a few box scores last year...the assist totals are hideous. The triangle was decent in the first, but broke down soon after, and the passing started to decrease with time. However, we kept the ball moving, which is exactly what we need to work on as much as possible.
- Kobe Bryant. He shot 46% with 33 points, five boards and five assists...and tack on the game-winner, and some key blocks. Now let's eliminate the stats...Kobe looked to pass before he shot many more times than I would even predict. He went to Mihm and Kwame both, in clutch situations, until he finally just ended the game himself in overtime. His 15 in the fourth led the charge and kept LA in the game. This was a given positive.
- Parker/George. For two players who many would predict to be our 4th and 5th scoring options, these guys were impressive. George racked up 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes, while Parker gave Phil a nice stack of numbers: 20 points, four rebounds and six assists, including a clutch three to keep us in the game. Their defense tells a similar story, where both were hustling and crashing the defensive glass. Nice games for both players.
- Odom/Mihm. Odom's scoring abilities are...gone. Sure, he almost pulled off a triple-double, but give me a break: his shot selection sucked, and it's like he just doesn't want to attack the basket anymore. Not good, Mr. Odom...not good at all. Please, don't get me started with Chris Mihm. His learning curve is about as straight as a bullet pass to a wide-open Camby. How many times was Camby open? More times than Mihm's eyes were.
- Rebounding. Blame our frontcourt for this. In the triangle, we should have four guys crashing the boards, not just our shortest, fastest players. That MAY be why we were burned on our transitions. Not only did we look bad on the offensive glass, but on the defensive boards...it wasn't pretty, either. Mihm's feet come off the ground 3 inches max, and Cook's inability to get position on anyone in the paint is sickening.
- Foul trouble. I don't believe I have to mention any names. Actually, even Bryant found himself with two stinging offensive fouls to go with his other two on the defensive end. Kwame and Mihm are going to have to find a way to stay out of foul trouble; both played under 28 minutes because of it.
How can you possibly make a list like that without including defense?
the lakers defense was terrible tonight. it's going to be a long season.
? Defense issues was conveyed in last 2 negatives