Posted January 29, 2009 - 02:34 AM
Lamar isn't the only one to blame.
Place the blame on Gasol, Odom and Fisher for not playing ANY defense, for the entire game. Place it on Odom and Gasol for not producing any offense.
Kobe's efforts in the last three quarters, and in the first overtime, were nothing short of amazing. Bynum, the same, when he was in. Putting Odom and Gasol on the floor lost us this game, because it meant that Bynum was sitting.
Phil should've went with a small lineup (from 1-4) when we were up by three, in that last Bobcats possession. That way, we could close out on the shooters, and a two would've been contested by Bynum. Instead, Lamar Odom does what he has been doing since 2004, and he leaves a shooter wide open.
I've played basketball all my life, and coached as an assistant, and I can say this much: if one of my players (or teammates) would've done something that stupid, when you KNOW the opposition is going to go for three, I would be sitting them for the rest of the game, cutting their minutes, or (in a teammate's case) would be all in their ear about it.
As for Gasol, he's been the second most consistent. Defense counts, and the only thing he's done on defense, consistently, is play average or below.
I never thought I'd say this, but if they were getting their minutes and touches on offense, Bynum and Ariza would be more valuable to this team than Gasol and Odom.