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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:18 pm    Post subject: LAKERS -at- GRIZZLIES - 12/29 - Thoughts and :-(( Ratings

Stumbling Down the Stretch... The Lakers pushed out to a 14-point lead in the third quarter. With LeBron and Monk hitting threes, the team was getting stops and winning the third.

In a game that came down to the wire, you think about the little things. The let Memphis reel them in late in that third quarter. Ja Morant hitting a running three at the buzzer as we let him get up court with speed on an inbounds with a few seconds left. That capped off a Memphis 12-3 run that had them winning the quarter by 1 point.

Early in the fourth, the Grizzlies started picking on Melo and got easy scores. Meanwhile, Carmelo continued to miss shots and fumbled a pass away on the offensive end. He was clearly not meant to play 30 minutes this game.

As they lost the lead, the Lakers called timeout and sat Melo to go even smaller. The offense began to tire, stagnate and panic at points as the Lakers. Passes turned to turnovers and the Lakers fell back by 7 as Morant continued his Steph Curry impersonation making his sixth straight three.

After bringing Melo back to miss more threes (instead of going to the starters), the Lakers still could have cut the lead to 1 when Westbrook missed an uncontested layup with 2:20 left.

Still within distance, LeBron had a chance to knock down his ninth three of the game. He was hit and went down. After a review (that looked like he was hit in the leg and arm), they overturned to the foul call.

With one final possession to tie the game, the Lakers called timeout. Out of that, we ran the Monk-LeBron inverse screen action. The ball went to Monk. He didn’t move it to the wide open Westbrook in the corner. Instead, giving it back to LeBron.

He attacked, took contact, stumbled, got caught in the air and threw it away as he thought Westbrook was cutting. A 17-7 run for Memphis to finish this one as as the Lakers fell apart, losing 104-99.


LeBron -- -- The Lakers had enough of their own mistakes and miscues. Having the refs kind of pull the rug from under them didn’t help. I’m not sure how his fouled three was overturned? He was hit on the arm and leg and it’s not a foul? That was a chance to tie the game up and really decided the outcome. Even on the last play, LeBron doesn’t stumble if he’s not taking contact. How is the freethrow discrepancy 29 to 8 in this one? Yeah, we had self-inflicted wounds, but that was some ridiculousness going on there. It’s a shame. As good as LeBron shot in this game, he was also part of the reason for the poor fourth as he sucked some of the life out of the ball in the quarter. This is when our offense typically looks its worst is when we stop running our schemes and the ball stops moving and defenses load up. Second night of the back to back and scoring big numbers, understandable that he’s tired. Melo and Russ not taking some load off him? Understandable that he’s stagnating the offense some. We ask a lot of him. “We ran out of offensive energy,” Fizdale said. Others need to do a better job organizing things (coach, as well). He led the team with 15 points and 8 boards in the first half and dropped another 22 in the second half. The three ball was dropping. His balance and control on the threes lately, sometimes it’s looking like he’s just shooting freethrows from that three line. At one point in this game he was 6-7 from three. I think they said the 8 tie his career high. The Stats: He scored 37 points on 13-25 shooting (8-14 from three, 3-3 from the line) to go with 13 boards, 7 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 5 turnovers and 1 foul in 38 minutes. He was a +0.

Westbrook -- -- I mentioned in the last game how he makes big mistakes. He choked an uncontested layup with 2:20 left that would have cut the lead to 1. It’s really hard to understand sometimes. That was just a flat-out choke. He had some really good stretches for the Lakers in this game. You wanted him on the court. But, man, down the stretch it just becomes laughable how bad his mistakes are sometimes. Good first half in this one. He had 10 points, 7 assists (just 2 turnovers) and 6 boards in the first half. Some really good moments cracking back on the boards from the start to keep Adams and others in check on the glass. He helped spark the Lakers with a three off a Laker offensive board, then finding LeBron rolling for a layup and then finally forcing a Memphis timeout when he scored a layup on the break. The Lakers would push to a 13-point lead in that second quarter off that. In the second half, some nice moments finding Monk for threes. A couple nice moments with Dwight, setting him up for lobs. They had good chemistry and should have gone back to that. The Stats: He scored 16 points on 7-16 shooting (2-4 from three) to go with 10 boards, 12 assists, 5 turnovers and 5 fouls in 40 minutes. He was a +1.

Monk -- -- He led the team with a +13 in the first half, scoring 5 points on a couple of finishes at the rim. The offense picked up in the second half as he knocked down a couple of threes off kickouts. In that final play, we ran the inverse-screen action. LeBron gave it up to Monk. Extra defenders came to him and he didn’t send it to the wide open Westbrook in the corner. I think you’ve got to make that pass. Russ was 2-4 from three. Don’t lose your advantage when the defense is scrambling. Bad execution. The ball went back to LeBron and the advantage off our bread and butter action was lost. I will say that Monk’s decision making has been ten times better of late. He’s been prone in his career to really make some bonehead plays. He showed it frequently in the first several weeks of the season, but lately it’s been solid despite that last bit of brain freeze. The Stats: He scored 15 points on 6-9 shooting (2-5 from three, 1-1 from the line) to go with 3 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover in 31 minutes. He was a +12.

Bradley -- -- He was active and involved in the first half, hitting a corner three, an elbow jumper attacking off an ATO flare screen. And then he knocked down a floater. That second half, super quiet. He had a chance to tie the game, but had his corner three blocked late in the game. Defensively, tough assignment with Ja, but I liked how he and our bigs played it. Some good boxing out by Bradley on switches when those happened. Occasionally, a Laker didn’t trust that Bradley had the switch contained and then Ja would end up open. Ja shooting lights out from three makes it a very tough matchup for sure. The Stats: He scored 7 points on 3-8 shooting (1-5 from three) to go with 1 turnover and 5 fouls in 33 minutes. He was a +1.

Howard -- -- Guys were throwing passes into his shins tonight. But eventually, it looked like he and Russ developed a little bit of chemistry. Russ found him on a couple of lobs as he rolled to the hoop (better to go high, then low to your big, you think?). What helped a lot to make the Dwight lineups successful was the extra rebounding and boxing out by the guards. The +17 for Dwight and -15 for Melo says a lot about this one. Melo can’t be that big a liability on offense because he’s going to be a problem on D. So what is our Plan B in those situations right now? It’s either Johnson, Ariza or Dwight. The Stats: He scored 6 points on 2-3 shooting (2-4 from the line) to go with 1 board and 4 fouls in 16 minutes. He was a +17.

Horton-Tucker -- -- His season has struggled to find some flow. He missed a ton of games early. Came back and had his best stretch. Then went stone cold from three. God sidelined again and is struggling once again to get going. He had 3 fouls in the first half that limited his minutes a little. He’d score a couple of layups, one on a BLOB where he pivoted around a defender in the paint after taking the pass. The other on a leakout where LeBron found him. No perimeter shots attempted. He wasn’t credited with any steals (didn’t he steal a cross court pass?), but had his hands disrupting some things on occasion, stripping the ball from Ja on another play. He missed a huge three with 3:44 in the game as we ran the THT/Russ combo on the floor. This non-shooting combo is problematic, as we know. They went for it, though. The Stats: He scored 4 points on 2-7 shooting (0-2 from three) to go with 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover and 4 fouls in 19 minutes. He was a -7.

Anthony -- -- Really got to question Fizdale in this one. If Melo is hitting that’s one thing (even then you question whether he can close defensively). But when he’s stone cold, what’s the purpose of having him out there? If he’s making 3 or 4 of his threes it’s understandable (in fact, we win this), but he got killed in the fourth and it wasn’t like you didn’t see it coming. He was just 1-5 from three in the first half. Part of the Lakers struggles late in the second quarter came when he missed a series of threes. So you knew already you couldn’t lean on him. We ran him 30 minutes and he went -15 with all the bricks. We brought him back to close in the fourth. And even had offensive-defense sub opportunities where we left him out there. Not a good game, but question running him 30 on the second night of the back-to-back when his legs were clearly not there. The Stats: He scored 5 points on 2-11 shooting (1-8 from three) to go with 4 boards, 1 assist, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls in 30 minutes. He was a -15.

Johnson -- -- He had 2 blocks and a steal in the first half. Very active hands. I see Metta in the studio and think how good a mentor he’d be for Stanley. Similar body types and Stanley needs to hang his hat on the defensive end. We’re relying on him to figure out his teammates on the fly (and vice versa). There were plays where you see the chemistry is a little off. He tends to not want to switch, which is generally good, but it can lead to confusion. Offensively, teams leave him open. He made one of his threes, a wide open one on a THT kickout. But if you have to be careful on combo’s of THT/Johnson/Westbrook as teams can pack the paint. His other makes in this game were a 15-footer on an ATO and a runner attacking off the three line on the catch. The Stats: He scored 7 points on 3-5 shooting (1-3 from three) to go with 3 boards, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls in 23 minutes. He was a -18.

Collison -- -- He got his one bucket after deflecting a pass on one end, then filling the lane on the other for a breakaway layup. We missed Russ in those minutes he wasn’t on the floor. Collison isn’t there yet. He needs minutes, reps, practices to see what he’s got left in his game. Bad turnover in this one after we got a stop under the hoop, he threw outlet away to give up points. The Stats: He scored 2 points on 1-2 shooting to go with 1 steal, 1 turnover and 1 foul in 11 minutes. He was a -16.

Fizdale -- -- Key Moment: Several in this one. To me the momentum shifted late in the third quarter and carried through to the early fourth where they picked on Melo. But this game was still winnable down the stretch. So you could look at LeBron getting fouled from three and that being overturned. From the one view I saw, it looked like his arm and leg was hit on the release. The Lakers could have tied it up right there. But down 3 with 22.4 left, L.A. had another chance and called a timeout to draw up a play to tie it. We created an advantage on the inverse-screen with Monk. Instead of swinging to Westbrook, Monk threw it back to LeBron who stumbled on a drive (there was contact) and no call. Off balance, he threw it away.

Key Substitution: We have Dwight the McGee treatment, just settling into two shifts. The team looked good in those, but they didn’t go back to those lineups. We called a timeout in the fourth to pull Melo. Instead of bringing back Dwight, we went even smaller. The starters didn’t play in the fourth, so no Dwight (+17) in the fourth. Uggh.

Key Stats: The Lakers lost the turnovers 18-12. The Lakers did a good job on the defensive glass early, but let it get away from them some in that second quarter as they finished the half losing the offensive board battle 8-4. Offensive boards, Memphis finished with a 13-7 advantage. The Lakers went 7-19 from three, the Grizzlies 2-14 in the half. Lakers finished 15-41 from three (36.6%). The Grizzlies shot 8-16 from three in the second half and finished shooting 33% on the night.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:27 pm    Post subject:

First.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:29 pm    Post subject:

How can westbrook and dwight develop chemistry when Fitzale is playing melo at the 5? That lineup basically gives up everything. I can’t believe I am saying this, but please come back soon Vogel.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:42 pm    Post subject:

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Russ Bradley Monk Lebron Dwight +5
Monk Bradley THT Lebron Dwight +5
Collison Bradley THT Melo Lebron +0
Russ Collison THT Stanley Melo -3
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Russ Monk THT Stanley Melo +3
Monk Bradley THT Stanley Lebron +0
Collison Bradley Monk Stanley Lebron +0
Collison Bradley Stanley Melo Lebron -4
Collison Bradley Lebron Melo Dwight -2
Russ Bradley Lebron Melo Dwight +3
Russ Bradley Stanley Melo Lebron -1
Russ Bradley Monk Melo Lebron +0
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Russ Bradley Monk Lebron Dwight +6
Monk Bradley THT Melo Lebron +0
Collison Bradley THT Melo Lebron -2
Russ Collison THT Stanley Melo -5
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Russ Monk Stanley Melo Lebron -2
Russ Bradley Monk Melo Lebron -4
Russ Bradley THT Stanley Lebron -3
Monk Bradley THT Stanley Lebron -3
Russ Monk THT Melo Lebron +1
Russ Bradley Monk Melo Lebron +1
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:47 pm    Post subject:

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Russ Bradley Monk Lebron Dwight +11
Monk Bradley THT Lebron Dwight +5
Russ Bradley Lebron Melo Dwight +3
Russ Monk THT Stanley Melo +3
Russ Monk THT Melo Lebron +1
Monk Bradley THT Melo Lebron +0
Collison Bradley Monk Stanley Lebron +0
Russ Bradley Stanley Melo Lebron -1
Russ Monk Stanley Melo Lebron -2
Collison Bradley THT Melo Lebron -2
Collison Bradley Lebron Melo Dwight -2
Russ Bradley THT Stanley Lebron -3
Monk Bradley THT Stanley Lebron -3
Russ Bradley Monk Melo Lebron -3
Collison Bradley Stanley Melo Lebron -4
Russ Collison THT Stanley Melo -8
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:47 pm    Post subject:

So Lakers crushed when Dwight played the 5 and sucked otherwise
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:48 pm    Post subject:

Collison also had some bad minutes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:48 pm    Post subject:

Can't wait for Reaves and Ariza to return
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:51 pm    Post subject:

Russ/Lebron +6
Lebron -6
Russ -5
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:54 pm    Post subject:

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So Lakers crushed when Dwight played the 5 and sucked otherwise


+17, but hey if the coaching staff wants to continue forcing Melo at the 5 and allow the opponent to score at will then GTFO they all deserve to be let go.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 10:03 pm    Post subject:

MikeTrout wrote:
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Russ Bradley Monk Lebron Dwight +11
Monk Bradley THT Lebron Dwight +5
Russ Bradley Lebron Melo Dwight +3
Russ Monk THT Stanley Melo +3
Russ Monk THT Melo Lebron +1
Monk Bradley THT Melo Lebron +0
Collison Bradley Monk Stanley Lebron +0
Russ Bradley Stanley Melo Lebron -1
Russ Monk Stanley Melo Lebron -2
Collison Bradley THT Melo Lebron -2
Collison Bradley Lebron Melo Dwight -2
Russ Bradley THT Stanley Lebron -3
Monk Bradley THT Stanley Lebron -3
Russ Bradley Monk Melo Lebron -3
Collison Bradley Stanley Melo Lebron -4
Russ Collison THT Stanley Melo -8
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Any melo at 5 lineups is net - every game. I don’t even blame melo, if Fitzale or Vogel thinks melo can play 5, then they are the issue
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 10:18 pm    Post subject:

Blaming Westbrook for this loss is the proverbial low-hanging fruit, when in reality he only had one or two plays that contributed to the loss.

Before that, he was a significant reason why we maintained a lead for most of the game.

This was a team loss. To paraphrase Sum 41, they're all to blame.

Melo is absolute garbage when he's not hot offensively. Can't wait for Ariza to come back so that we can give him most of Melo's minutes at the 4. I really hope Ariza still has plenty left in the tank, but he's about as old as Melo.

Stanley Johnson is a keeper. If Pelinka releases him, what other young forward like him can we realistically get?

We're wasting some awesome ball from LeBron, and he's playing way too many minutes. At this rate, he'll either be exhausted or injured by springtime.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 4:30 am    Post subject:

Lebron is shooting 62% TS with an average FG distance of 14.6 ft, the farthest from the basket in his career.
That's important because he's gonna cool off in a big way. Too bad we can't win the games in which he's hot.

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LeBron is averaging 35/10/7 on 57/40/82% in the last 6 games.

The Lakers are 1-5 in those games.


We're missing our most impactful players. This game was always a tough matchup given the circumstances.

... and what a bunch of bull (bleep) that Ja goes 6-7 from three. He and Giannis I swear...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:01 am    Post subject:

My reaction to this game: "Floor balance"

You just don't have it with those Melo at 5, or Lebron/Melo extended 5/4 lineups. Lebron is playing like a MVP. Westbrook is his sidekick.

1-5 with Fiz coaching.

That's the lack of floor balance.

I like some of the stuff we're doing on offense. In particularly like how we drop the ball off to Lebron and play off him with a lot of cutting into the paint. Even last year, we weren't doing this enough. So credit to Fiz (and the new staff) for adding some elements to the offense.

But we can do that without Westbrook. And we can do that with a legit big. Why do you we need to lose floor balance to accomplish this? It's all about Lebron, anyway.

Sooner we move on from WB/Melo, the sooner we will be closer to State/Suns. Otherwise even when AD comes back, he's just covering up for guys mistakes and we're still relying on a reckless careless TO machine (who can't shoot) in the clutch way too much.

Just scratching my head on Dwight not getting another run. He's your best defensive big, he's having a good game. You're even seeing that the Grizz are having more issues with paint attacks with him. Yet, you sit him for Melo. Melo/WB are the epitome of .500 ball. Look at the teams they've been on the last few years. Look at their OKC team that lost in the 1st round together (With PG13). We have to value the right role players around Bron (and eventually Bron/AD).
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:44 am    Post subject:

Lakers won the three point battle but lost rebounds and points in the paint.

29 free throw attempts for the Grizz but only 8 for the Lakers. Jeeeez!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 9:11 am    Post subject:

Dwight needs to end the games with 6 (bleep) fouls

Last night he sat on the bench with only 4 fouls

(bleep) coaching afraid to not let him get his 5th or what?

Refs were kicking our ass also
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 10:23 am    Post subject:

Pain.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 10:25 am    Post subject:

This is not a small ball team...we continue to play to other teams
strengths.

Anyway, no D = no wins.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 10:39 am    Post subject:

wolfpaclaker wrote:
Just scratching my head on Dwight not getting another run. He's your best defensive big, he's having a good game. You're even seeing that the Grizz are having more issues with paint attacks with him. Yet, you sit him for Melo.


I see people making this complaint, but really, all of you know the answer. We have no shooting. It's easy to criticize this after we blow a lead with Carmelo shooting 1-8 from three. That's hindsight. If we blow the lead with Howard on the floor, people would be asking why Howard played so many minutes when we lacked shooters.

This is a core problem. Our offense is awful. Our single game ORtg was 103.8, and that's with Carmelo getting the minutes instead of Howard. On a full-season basis, only the Magic, Thunder, and Pistons are worse than 103.8. Our full-season average is only slightly better at 106.8.

So the coaches are going to get blamed either way if we lose. If Carmelo makes a couple threes, we probably win the game. He didn't, so the decision looks bad. In this situation, the guy who sits on the bench is always the guy who would have made all the difference. But really, the problem lies in the fact that Fizdale had to make the choice at all.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:01 am    Post subject:

danzag wrote:
Pain.


Indeed.

I rewatched it to try to get an understanding on how we lost. And it really does look like a Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events at the end of the game so… Yeah.

Thanks DB
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:26 am    Post subject:

Our last play is to give it to LBJ to pass to Monk to pass it to Westbrook for a 3???????

Maybe having LBJ at the high post (worked in the last game with great success) with Monk or Westbrook cutting/back cutting and Melo sitting at the 3pt line giving many viable options making it much more difficult to double team all the options if the ball is moved quickly
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:05 pm    Post subject:

slavavov wrote:
Blaming Westbrook for this loss is the proverbial low-hanging fruit, when in reality he only had one or two plays that contributed to the loss.

Before that, he was a significant reason why we maintained a lead for most of the game.

This was a team loss. To paraphrase Sum 41, they're all to blame.



You wanted Russ on the floor as much as possible this game. He was making a strong impact. But like I said previously, he makes some big, loud mistakes and that one was a gut punch at the wrong time.

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Melo is absolute garbage when he's not hot offensively. Can't wait for Ariza to come back so that we can give him most of Melo's minutes at the 4. I really hope Ariza still has plenty left in the tank, but he's about as old as Melo.



Smart teams are going to attack Melo. Just a fact of life. So if he's stone cold, you are giving up more than you are getting. Our traditional C's will have inconsistent spot duty depending on the game.

In this game, Russ and Dwight had developed the vertical floor spacing attack early in that second half. It was effective. So here's where you swap in the vertical floor spacing to keep attack lanes open.

I suspect, as you mention, Ariza will close for Melo quite often. That was the coach's plan before AD went down, to have AD/LBJ/Ariza trio as our small ball lineup. So, micro ball, we probably lean on Ariza at PF.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:12 pm    Post subject:

A Mad Chinaman wrote:
Our last play is to give it to LBJ to pass to Monk to pass it to Westbrook for a 3???????

Maybe having LBJ at the high post (worked in the last game with great success) with Monk or Westbrook cutting/back cutting and Melo sitting at the 3pt line giving many viable options making it much more difficult to double team all the options if the ball is moved quickly


I know this may not be a popular opinion, but I'm okay with it. He hit a big one for us previously in a tough game. He hit a couple threes tonight and is shooting 48% from corner threes this season (11-23). It's not the first or second option on that play, but as a third option? Wide open. I'm okay with that. And it's not a guarantee that he even takes it depending on the close out. That three that Reaves hit came off Russ attacking the close out from that spot.

Malik didn't trust making the right play to the open man and the basketball gods told us to eff off then.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 4:47 pm    Post subject:

DancingBarry wrote:
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Our last play is to give it to LBJ to pass to Monk to pass it to Westbrook for a 3???????

Maybe having LBJ at the high post (worked in the last game with great success) with Monk or Westbrook cutting/back cutting and Melo sitting at the 3pt line giving many viable options making it much more difficult to double team all the options if the ball is moved quickly
I know this may not be a popular opinion, but I'm okay with it. He hit a big one for us previously in a tough game. He hit a couple threes tonight and is shooting 48% from corner threes this season (11-23). It's not the first or second option on that play, but as a third option? Wide open. I'm okay with that. And it's not a guarantee that he even takes it depending on the close out. That three that Reaves hit came off Russ attacking the close out from that spot.

Malik didn't trust making the right play to the open man and the basketball gods told us to eff off then.
Westbrook as the third option is understandable.

Some might say that Malik didn’t feel he could have gotten the ball through the hands of the defenders in the way

Having LBJ at the high post would have provided much more movement hence making them move instead of allowing the Grizzlies the opportunity to “loading up/flooding the zone” making it more difficult for a clean shot

Considering that Westbrook a few hard shots within 1 feet at the basket (LOL), thought a play with more movement would have created more space

Would Westbrook been able to get off a clean 3 point shot off - not really
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 6:02 pm    Post subject:

DancingBarry wrote:
slavavov wrote:
Blaming Westbrook for this loss is the proverbial low-hanging fruit, when in reality he only had one or two plays that contributed to the loss.

Before that, he was a significant reason why we maintained a lead for most of the game.

This was a team loss. To paraphrase Sum 41, they're all to blame.



You wanted Russ on the floor as much as possible this game. He was making a strong impact. But like I said previously, he makes some big, loud mistakes and that one was a gut punch at the wrong time.


Agreed, that missed layup was a gut punch. I get almost as frustrated as anyone at his missed layups/dunks and his extra turnovers. Four turnovers from him (or any high usage guard) is OK. Beyond that, it hurts the team.

Like you said, he made a strong impact, and I keep reminding myself that, more often than not, he makes a strong impact and that he's an overall asset, not an overall liability.

I'd love for us to have a third PG as insurance, whether it's Rondo (on his way out) or a back-to-form Collison so that on those nights when Westbrook is hurting us too much, we can sub him out for some of crunch time while still not piling every single bit of the playmaking workload on LeBron.
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