So, you are saying that our D is good?
If you argue that the pace inflates that score, that's plausible. I'd go with that.
Make the claim that its Phil who's changing things up that's messing up the D? That's stretching it.
And our D was the difference in the games against BOS and CLE? Not even close.
We play poor P&R D. We gamble too much on the perimeter and Drew has just RECENTLY started playing the role of anchor in the middle. Not to mention, the team was banged up for about 3-4 weeks recently.
The potential is there for us to be a good defensive team but that has NOT come to fruition as of yet. Making a case for it with little to no facts to back it up? Not very convincing.
Sorry if I don't take your word for it.
I'm saying that our defense, combined with our depth, length, athleticism, basketball IQ and ability to score seemingly at will, is good enough to win the NBA Championship this year.
I'm saying that because of the type of players we have, particularly our bigs (along with Luke and Buzz Kill), we don't have the tough guys like the Celtics do and therefore must adjust to a different type of defense and that because Phil Jackson (9 rings, remember?) knows this is a marathon, he and the coaching staff will figure out what works best on the defensive end come playoff time.
The gambling you see on the perimeter is part of the experimentation because this team is not as capable as the Cavs or Celtics to play straight up man to man defense by virtue of the type of athletes we have. However, because we have great athletes, the defense will be fine come playoff time, and the Lakers have shown that they can clamp down when they want to.
In answer to your question, yes
we are a very good defensive team and a great offensive team that has the potential to be great at both ends of the floor come playoff time. Did we go to the NBA Finals without Trevor Ariza and Andrew Bynum last year or am I missing something? THE NBA FINALS!! 6 games. We're 35-8. 35-8
. And you're complaining about our defense? I know defense wins championships and that's why the Celtics won last year. We'll be better than them this time around.
Doc, you haven't disputed the numbers I posted. What up with that? I'll take the opinion of someone who has gone to the games for 20 years and who prides himself in understanding long term trends in the season over a Laker fan whose obvious overall sense of entitlement is greater than the sum of its parts ... any day. How's that for a little bit of math, Doc? Scoreboard: Scott P!without
Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, January 27, 2009 - 05:11 PM.