Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Here's the basics of this game.
The Spurs played good defense and got open looks because the Lakers don't play good defense.
The Lakers make covered shots and with Fishers usual clutch 3-pointers to keep it close along with Kobe Bryant, the Lakers end up making it a close game.
LOL. So Manu shooting 35 footers at the buzzer, Duncan flinging the ball behind his head, and Mason hitting that awkward jumper were "open looks"?
The fact of the matter is that the Lakers shut the Spurs down in the 4th quarter w/very few open looks, largely due to Ariza hassling Tony Parker. Halfway through the season, the Lakers give up 104.6 points per 100 possessions. The Spurs give up 104.8 points per 100 possessions. Furthermore, we haven't busted out the Strong Side Zone that was so successful at the beginning of the season since Xmas.
We had 8 players available, on the 2nd night of a back to back in the building of the 2nd best team in the West, are intentionally withholding our most effective defensive scheme...and it still took a couple of incredible shots to beat us.
I already included those at lucky shots. They are no different then the Kobe fadeaway 3, a couple of Bynum's awkward shots, and numerous well covered shots the Lakers were hitting in the first half.
If the Lakers wanted this game to end in their favor, then they should have played defense in the first half but they didn't need to because they were hitting some well-covered shots. That was the reason why the Spurs opened it up with an 11 point lead because those shots for the Lakers stopped falling but the Spurs were still getting easy open looks such as the back doors to Tony for the Layup and no double team on Duncan.
It still amazes me that Laker fans didn't see a game that had the Spurs leading almost throughout only to have the usual Kobe Time in the last few minutes. THAT doesn't make for a good team, it just means you have Kobe. The Lakers were beat throughout yesterday's game and just as Kobe hit that three, we also matched it.
Also, Manu still isn't completely healthy. You want to claim that you haven't pulled out your "secret" defense, well, the Spurs don't even really start playing until the last 2 months.
Oh yeah! Spurs 1 Lakers 0
It's on like Donkey Kong. I love rivalries.
[ Edited by Joecool on Jan 15, 2009 at 10:15:14 ]