2/11 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
Posted February 11, 2009 - 03:55 PM
But their trash talk has added to the hurt Kobe and D-Fish have from getting their [expletive] kicked by Utah their first two years..[expletive] utah!! let's go lakers!!!
Posted February 11, 2009 - 04:02 PM
Wednesday, Feb 11
The ability to stay focused for the last test before a vacation is what separates the good students from the bad. As we prepare for our last game before the All-Star break there are a bunch of excuses. It’s on the road…It’s the second night of a back-to-back…Post road trip hangover…Waaaa Waaaa Waaaa. Either we will bring the correct mental and physical energy required to win in Salt Lake City or we will suffer a big defeat. The team we are facing is a familiar foe so there shouldn’t be any surprises in terms of what we will see once the ball is tossed up.
There were a few areas from the first game against the Jazz (on January 2nd) that we can make note of and try to improve in order to secure a victory in a tough road environment. The first is that we need to a better job on the boards. We gave up 19 offensive rebounds for the game (8 to Millsap). Overall we were out-rebounded 51-46. That simply will not get the job done.
In that game at Staples Center we jumped on them early and took a 17 point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Jazz did not roll over and made a few comebacks so we know that no matter what we are in for a 48 minute battle. The game was as close as 6 points with about two and a half minutes left. We must be ready to do the job from opening tip to final buzzer.
The last aspect from the January game that we must improve is our defense against their “4 X” or 5 X” play. This is a simple screen and roll – any Utah action with an ‘X’ at the end of it means there is a screen and roll coming. The number 4 or 5 designates which side of the floor and then it is simply a screen and roll at the elbow with the strong side cleared. There is an option to re-pick if they want to. They ran this specific play a number of times in a row and our poor defensive effort (both mentally and physically) allowed them to score often. Coach Sloan will repeat plays until the defense stops it so we must be ready to stop it or we will see it all night.
Offensively, we know that the Jazz will pack the paint and attack any penetration whether through the dribble drive or on the pass or post up. This sets up nicely for some great drive and dish opportunities. Our post players must be ready for the small guards to dig down and try to get steals. Once again it is important that we stay in the moment and take care of the task at hand. We must pass this last test before we start the next – extremely important – semester.
Posted February 11, 2009 - 05:29 PM
"The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences,
and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon,
for each day to have a new and different sun."
Posted February 11, 2009 - 06:26 PM
Posted February 11, 2009 - 06:30 PM
Bleeding purple & gold...
Posted February 11, 2009 - 06:39 PM
when teams start off hot against us, they lose...we take them serious and they cool down and we win
LO with the dime
kobe bout to work miles
i know those threes wont be falling in the 4th
Posted February 11, 2009 - 06:40 PM
Bleeding purple & gold...
Posted February 11, 2009 - 06:41 PM
yess they should, i bet williams wont have a big game therfore the jazz will not be at their best
Kobe - stop roaming and play some defense. Brewer and Miles should not have 11 combined points already.
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