Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
That's kinda what I said about Lakers yesterday.
Both Howard and Gasol committed several offensive fouls jockeying for position, and there were turnovers on entry passes as well. And when they got the ball, double teams came. Howard would have four turnovers, Gasol six. And that wasn't all when it came to bad decisions. Gasol would have Matt Bonner on him as the Spurs played with smaller lineups, and he often opted not to go to work on the three-point specialist not noted for his defense. Both settled for jump shots. Pau missed a lot, and the fact Dwight was taking any in the first place is somewhat mind-boggling
There should be hope here. There were a few moments of brilliance between the pair, with several of Gasol's six assists going to Howard, one a humongous alley-oop. And when Gasol actually squared up to the hoop, he often got buckets. If those flashes of ideal play turn into more than flashes, the Lakers have a shot.
It's not just getting no. of touches - it's about getting quality possessions in the post and lakers didn't do that.
These assists that go to Howard are coming out of high post sets. Getting our bigs the ball and getting our bigs the ball in the low post are not synonymous with each other. Posting stats regarding the distance of shots does not mean that he's getting those shots off of posting up. A lob to Howard counts as a "shot close to the rim", and it's not a post up.
I re-watched the game one more time, this time tracking Pau's perimeter touches. I separated them between Horns & Non-Horns touches. The results are below, but the observable evidence was very eye-opening. We generated 0.80 PPP when Pau got a touch in Horns, which isn't anything spectacular, but we got GREAT shots out of it. Here is the play log of these touches.
1) Nash layup (2 points)
2) Gasol layup (2 points)
3) Nash misses wide open 16 footer (0 points)
4) Howard layup (2 points)
5) Gasol misses wide open 16 footer (0 points)
6) Howard dunk (2 points)
7) Morris misses wide open 3 pointer (0 points)
8) Gasol misses wide open 15 footer (0 points)
9) Nash misses wide open 3 pointer (0 points)
10) Blake misses difficult runner (0 points)
We got either a layup or dunk on 4 out of 10 possessions, which is tremendous. We also got 5 wide open jump shots off of this action, and we DIDN'T MAKE ONE. But 9 out of the 10 plays led to great shots.
Low post with Pau =
Low post with Howard =
High post with Pau =