And where is that getting us?
Offense isn't the factor. Defense is.
Our defense hedges on two things.
Our half court game, and Dwight Howard's defensive rotations.
In the half court we were able to climb back into this game late. But Dwight's rotations were lazy and he was constantly over helping off Hawes.
We had a terrible shooting night, but the game was still winnable. One of the reasons they wound up with open shots from their forwards was because of the lack of Howard rotating. In rotations when someone would come to the basket, Dwight would be 5 steps away from them. he would constantly help 5 steps away. and allow a wide open pass to be made which would cause the other guy to have to rotate over in an impossible situation.
Dwight's lack of defense down the stretch, and not looking for the shot cost us late in the game. Off two pick and rolls he wasn't looking for the pass when the high screen and roll IS a play we've run 5 times in the last few games for him.
He either did a half cut to the basket not looking for the pass, or cut to the basket but never look for a pass. That was what Kobe's turnover at the end of the game happened off of. Dwight set the screen, Kobe went through the screen and tried to get it for Howard who was cutting, but Dwight didn't look for the pass he just jogged away from Kobe with his head looking the other way, so the pass fell behind Dwight and we turned it over. But that's a problem.
Dwight is a big part of this team, he's our 2nd star next to Kobe, he's also our defensive anchor.
So if he goes in, not looking for his shot, and playing lazy defense down the stretch of games, we'll have a hard time winning any games.
Offense is easy, offense doesn't win rings.
All these NBA guys can score if given the chance, that's the easy part to the game. The real work is on the boards, on the defensive end and outside of the box score. Giving out a stat of the 6th best offense in the league proves nothing whatsoever. With a system that stresses nothing but offense, 6th isn't acceptable - at all.
The only teams ahead of us offensively are OKC, New York, Miami, The Clippers and San Antonio.
So only the top 2 teams of the East and the top 3 teams of the West are ahead of us offensively and as a team we shoot 51%. That's "acceptable" on the offensive end no matter how upset you are that your coach didn't get hired.
Edited by Majesty, January 01, 2013 - 11:08 PM.