Remember when PJ took 2-3 games to figure how to attack the zone that Phoenix was using against the Lakers in the 2010 WCF's? I'm not taking a shot a Phil either. My point is that this team looked just like that Lakers team that settled for long jumpers over and over again and that led to leak outs and fastbreaks for the opposition.
I most certainly agree with you that they took too many 3's. Kobe said that they are an inside out team. But in the second half everything was outside. Lol. Thank goodness for Jamison, because while every one else was stagnant, he was essentially the zone buster. He is probably the best cutter on this team and not only did his cuts lead to baskets for himself but also for others. The play that stood out to me was when Kobe passed to Pau and he dunked it for the and 1 when Minnesota cut the lead to 4. That basket was created by Jamison. He cut across the lane and curled around the backside defender which caused Cunningham to stay on him which freed up Pau. Instead of just camping out at the 3 point line and allowing the defense to sag off of him (which is what Minny wanted when playing the zone) Jamison forced Cunningham to guard him and that left Minnesota's defense vulnerable.
Yep, if Metta doesn't make that game winning layup, who knows, momentum definitely on our side while it took Phil "games" to solve the zone.
But anyway I loved what I saw last night, once we settled down we started using Jamison's off the ball movement and awkward shots to attack the zone as well as some triangle with Gasol.
Actually the pass to Gasol over the shoulder to a cutting Jamison for the baseline dunk WAS a triangle move. Seems the "sprinkle" of triangle here and there D'antoni is gonna use like Mike Brown did. Kobe and Clark also had some good looks against it too but missed. So Jamison and Pau got the looks and then Nash iced the game.
But the way we attacked the zone late was brilliant and I loved watching it.
Took us two quarters but we got it down. And that's the most important thing.