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Lakers: Checking the Numbers


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#1 emplay

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Posted November 26, 2009 - 09:32 AM

Hey all,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's a quick article on the Lakers:

Lakers: Checking the Numbers
http://www.hoopsworl...?story_id=14474

Thanks

Eric
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#2 Lords of the Rings

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Posted November 26, 2009 - 11:26 AM

Great Article Eric
I enjoyed It
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#3 Windu

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Posted November 26, 2009 - 12:06 PM

The shooting woes lie with the reserves where Shannon Brown is the high man (48.5%) and Sasha Vujacic is low (29.4%) - although Fisher is bringing down the starters percentage.


The Lakers work hard to pack in the lane and still cover the perimeter shooters. LA's opponents are shooting just 29.9% which puts LA's three-point defense as second in the league (to the Los Angeles Clippers at 29.7%). Comparing the two LA teams is deceptive as teams playing the Clippers only attempt 16.3 a game (sixth fewest) - while the Lakers see their opponents take 20.2 nightly (sixth highest).


As a team, the Lakers haven't spent a lot of time at the line with 21.8 attempts a game (25th). Shooting just 74.4%, free throws haven't been LA's bread and butter.


Where the Lakers have truly benefited is in ease of schedule. Of their 14 games played, 11 have been at home. It was a concern last year but LA proved to be solid both home and away. At just 2-1 on the road, the Lakers still have a lot to prove. They won't get that chance until mid-December as seven of the next eight are at STAPLES.


Derek Fisher is shooting just 37.2% from the field and 30.6% from three. Jordan Farmar, Fisher's backup, is worse at 33.7% and 27.8%.


Jackson admitted he wasn't happy with the production from his second-unit, regularly allowing opponents back into games. He'd like some time to see what kind of impact Odom has on the bench, but so far the results haven't been impressive


It's probably too early for any significant trade speculation. Phil said they're still in an evaluation period, especially with Gasol just rejoining the team.


Informative read

Pau Gasol is GONE





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