Originally posted by kray28:
I think you and I disagree on what type of game Kobe had. 34/10/5 is not ever going to be "terrible" in my opinion. With the type of game both bigs turned in, it's entirely understandable why he needed to shoot more.
Like I said, I don't automatically disparage Kobe for the amount of shot attempts he shoots, but he wasted an abnormally large amount of possessions yesterday, and it wasn't necessary. Outside of him, the team shot 50% from the field and 37% from distance. Furthermore, I think that Nash should engender a high level of trust that he's going to get someone a good shot. He did it all game long and that's what he's here to do. No need to take some of those really difficult shots Kobe was taking. We weren't struggling offensively.
There's going to be a feeling out process between he & Nash and my criticism doesn't go beyond this one game, but with this lineup there's no reason we shouldn't get a damn good shot pretty much every time we touch the ball...especially with the emergence of Meeks and MWP knocking it down from the outside.
All that said, this team isn't far away from being frightening. That 4th quarter and OT was exquisite on the offensive end. And that's with no familiarity against a pretty solid team in their home gym. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this squad gel.