kray28 wrote:But Luke has b-ball IQ. That's why he starts.
This is a point we agree with. Luke's high basketball IQ is a myth and nothing more. When he's on the court he takes way too much time to decide anything due to his insistence on over-thinking every situation.
On defense, he's far too slow at reacting to the man he's defending, often resulting in an easy basket or a wide open shot. On offense, he holds the ball way too long deciding what to do, which gives the defense a chance to seal off the post pass while sagging off of him and clogging the passing lanes. This often results in a poor pass and a turnover, or forces Luke to try and shoot which is to the other team's advantage 9 out of 10 times.
If he could just make decisions more quickly like Kobe, then he could cut down his turnovers and not give up too many open shots or layups. This isn't likely to happen anytime soon.
Now having said this, Luke wasn't the only reason why the Lakers lost. It takes a team effort to win, and it also takes a team effort to lose. The entire team seemed allergic to defense the entire game, and the fact that they gave up 113 points in regulation is a testament to their lack of defense. Luke contributed to that, but he's not alone in making mistakes.
To suggest this loss is mostly due to Luke is just using him as a scapegoat/whipping boy to make it appear as if there's an easy explanation for the loss and hence an easy solution to prevent future breakdowns against inferior teams.
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