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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:21 pm    Post subject: Kuzma the Kawhi stopper

Remember when Kuzma was a bad defender and a shoot first player? Well not he plays good defense and makes good decisions on the court.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:24 pm    Post subject:

The kid does well against high profile wings.

I’m really excited about it because it raises the Lakers title chances.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:25 pm    Post subject:

He freaking blocked Kawhi's jumper
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:27 pm    Post subject:

the kid comes to play in big games.

that's all it matters
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:27 pm    Post subject:

He stayed down on the pump fakes. Only but on one in the first quarter today, iirc, and paid for it with a foul and stayed down after. Used his length really well. I was very impressed with Kuzma’s defense today.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:29 pm    Post subject:

yuurin98 wrote:
He freaking blocked Kawhi's jumper


Kawhi shot is unblockeable Kuzma “ Hold my beer”
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:29 pm    Post subject:

He brought his A game today. Green was awful
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:31 pm    Post subject:

Kuzma looked good - I thought he deserved more minutes.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:33 pm    Post subject:

Excellent, the shots will fall more consistently but this type of energy and effort from Kuz is a must find r us to advance far in the playoffs.

Now we need a PG stopper, Kieff is the only guy who fits that mold but Vogel kept him out.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:36 pm    Post subject:

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He stayed down on the pump fakes. Only but on one in the first quarter today, iirc, and paid for it with a foul and stayed down after. Used his length really well. I was very impressed with Kuzma’s defense today.


Frank Vogel’s specialty is verticality. Kuz has bought in!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:36 pm    Post subject:

Kuz > Green on Kawhi. Kawhi blew past Green every time, it seemed. Kuz was remarkably disciplined, moved his feet, and contained him well, not going for the pump fakes after he gave up his dribble.

If Green ain't hitting threes or doing anything against Kawhi, his minutes need to be reduced in these games. I think the two major factors in the runs the Clippers made were Bron being off and Green just being a nothing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:42 pm    Post subject:

TheBlackMamba wrote:
Kuz > Green on Kawhi. Kawhi blew past Green every time, it seemed. Kuz was remarkably disciplined, moved his feet, and contained him well, not going for the pump fakes after he gave up his dribble.

If Green ain't hitting threes or doing anything against Kawhi, his minutes need to be reduced in these games. I think the two major factors in the runs the Clippers made were Bron being off and Green just being a nothing.


I think its Kuzma being bulkier, its harder to slide around him when he is disciplined and stay in position
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:47 pm    Post subject:

Kawhi draws fouls on his defender so well. But Kuz locked him up that second half even with the whistle happy refs. Proud of him.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:51 pm    Post subject:

Kuz legit looked like an elite defender a few times tonight.

Don't expect him to sustain that over a full game but if he can give an efficient 18ppg and play great D dawn the stretch like that.. good lord that's huge for us.

Props to Kuz, Vogel, Handy, and whoever else has helped him get to this level.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:52 pm    Post subject:

Kyle 'Tatum' Kuzma
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:54 pm    Post subject:

3baller wrote:
Kyle 'Tatum' Kuzma


Kyle “Andre Roberson” Kuzma.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:08 pm    Post subject:

CandyCanes wrote:
3baller wrote:
Kyle 'Tatum' Kuzma


Kyle “Andre Roberson” Kuzma.


Except Kuz can shoot. Well, and he’s not dating Former 2k girl Rachel Demita. 😂
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calistrtballr wrote:
He brought his A game today. Green was awful


I've been trying to hang in there with Green but I think we're going to see more awful games than good games for his time here. He just might be cooked. Just hope he hits a couple of clutch 3's on our way to the chip.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:14 pm    Post subject:

Glad others noticed this. Kawhi can’t beat Kuzma off the dribble and can’t bully him like he can KCP and Green. Will be big in a series.

To his credit Vogel recognized this and closed with him.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Kuzma the Kawhi stopper

Car54 wrote:
Remember when Kuzma was a bad defender and a shoot first player? Well not he plays good defense and makes good decisions on the court.


Hopefully it will be a distant memory . I always believed Kuz on his ability to play defense. It’s a process and he’s showing it albeit it’s just a one game and players are still rusty so to speak.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:28 pm    Post subject:

jonnybravo wrote:
calistrtballr wrote:
He brought his A game today. Green was awful


I've been trying to hang in there with Green but I think we're going to see more awful games than good games for his time here. He just might be cooked. Just hope he hits a couple of clutch 3's on our way to the chip.


Hey, if he can bring some heat from beyond the arc in the WCF or Finals (assuming we get there), the contract becomes worth it like it did with Metta. I just hope he can put up more of a fight against Kawhi defensively than he has to date. He's definitely more of a rhythm shooter than a pure shooter, though, which we've learned the hard way. When he's hot, he's hot, otherwise it gets ugly the rest of the time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:31 pm    Post subject:

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Kuz > Green on Kawhi. Kawhi blew past Green every time, it seemed. Kuz was remarkably disciplined, moved his feet, and contained him well, not going for the pump fakes after he gave up his dribble.

If Green ain't hitting threes or doing anything against Kawhi, his minutes need to be reduced in these games. I think the two major factors in the runs the Clippers made were Bron being off and Green just being a nothing.


I think its Kuzma being bulkier, its harder to slide around him when he is disciplined and stay in position


Good point. Kawhi actually isn't that quick, he's just so saavy with his footwork and ballhandling, with great strength for his size. Smaller guards are barbecue chicken for him. Kuz' size comes in handy, and I think he doesn't get enough credit for being stronger than he looks, especially guarding wing players (and not centers like Luke made him do...).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:07 pm    Post subject:

TheBlackMamba wrote:
jonnybravo wrote:
calistrtballr wrote:
He brought his A game today. Green was awful


I've been trying to hang in there with Green but I think we're going to see more awful games than good games for his time here. He just might be cooked. Just hope he hits a couple of clutch 3's on our way to the chip.


Hey, if he can bring some heat from beyond the arc in the WCF or Finals (assuming we get there), the contract becomes worth it like it did with Metta. I just hope he can put up more of a fight against Kawhi defensively than he has to date. He's definitely more of a rhythm shooter than a pure shooter, though, which we've learned the hard way. When he's hot, he's hot, otherwise it gets ugly the rest of the time.


I think Green defense was good I think the calls was bad. Kawhi didn’t get around him he went through him. For some reason he can’t do that with Kuzma. Kuz is a threat to block his shot the same with Lebron.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Kuzma the Kawhi stopper

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Car54 wrote:
Remember when Kuzma was a bad defender and a shoot first player? Well not he plays good defense and makes good decisions on the court.


Hopefully it will be a distant memory . I always believed Kuz on his ability to play defense. It’s a process and he’s showing it albeit it’s just a one game and players are still rusty so to speak.


Actually the last 10 games prior to the lockdown he was very impressive on defense and I heard that echoed many times by some of the national commentators on various possessions. The stats bear it out as well.

What a lot of fans don't get is that Kuzma's game has really matured this year. We expected to see a 15-20ppg scorer but not much else. Rather, he has really improved his decision making and defense, which will make him even more vital down the stretch. Hopefully his shot is here to stay. If he can some how make his 3's at about a 40% clip or close to it, game over!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:07 pm    Post subject:

just rewatched the 4th (which missed while at work) and Kuz's hips just move so much better now. He was clearly doing squats and agility drills over the break because he looks like a totally different person, ahem, below the waist.
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