What are these two numbers?
Kobe’s share of the shots taken by the entire team in each of the last two games.
it’s not that huge of a discrepancy, yet people are lauding Kobe for his unselfish play against the Wizards and comparing it against the effort against the grizzles.
You can say he only had one assists against the Grizzlies as opposed to 13 against the Wizards, but surely you have to attribute part of that to the other Lakers shooting 22-67 against the Grizzlies, as opposed to a more robust 36-63 against the Wizards… thats the difference of 14 more makes in 4 less attempts, you’d think Kobe would get at least some of those assists right?
Marquee Match Ups -
Analysis: Steve Blake is lauded as a solid pro, an all-around guy with a good outside shot. The thing is, we have one of those in Derek Fisher, so at best Portland comes out even. The difference in this match up will be Jordan Farmar. His speed and ability to get into the lane are assets that Blake will be hard pressed to match. Although to be fair, all Farmar really seems to do lately is stick around the perimeter and shoot threes.
Prediction: No Advantage.
Analysis: The Lakers were supposed to catch a break last time with Brandon Roy out, but he cleared a late fitness check and ended up providing the lift that Portland needed to beat the Lakers in our last meeting. This time, he is out for sure and Kobe will be faced with the third-year Webster instead. Kobe shot like crap last game and his shot has seemed flat in recent times, but this is still a match up that I fully expect him to exploit.
Analysis: Another benefit that the Lakers get with Roy out is that Outlaw no longer comes off the bench… The bad news is that he is now in the starting line-up. The very lanky 6-9 Outlaw has improved his shooting range from 18ft out dramatically, and he also has the length to snag offensive rebounds out from the hands of our not-always-boxing-out defenders. A front line of him and Aldridge is a very scary though. On the other hand, Vladdy has had string of fairly consistent games so I’m almost looking forward to this match up. (is it just me, or is Vladdy the only “3point shooter” in the NBA who routinely shoots air-balls?)
Prediction: No advantage.
Analysis: This is a really entertaining match up. Aldridge could be described as Lamar with a jumpshot, or he could be described as Lamar minus the ball handling. While Aldridge can stretch the defense with his mid-long range game, the Blazers need him to be more of an inside presence to create better spacing for their three-point shooters to take advantage of, and that has been somewhat hit and miss. He is a very good offensive rebounder though, and Odom will really have to box him out to avoid to many extra possessions for the Blazers. On the defensive end, Aldridge might be challenged to cover Lamar on the perimeter, but given Lamar’s poor record from behind the arc and his penchant for going left (or his inability to go right) this might just be an even match up
Prediction: No advantage.
Analysis: This might be the perfect game for Gasol to come back in, he can go up against a bigger, slower player who really doesn’t have an offensive game. He will have to focus on boxing out Przybilla, as he is also proficient at the offensive glass, but
Bench Analysis: With Mbenga producing so well in limited minutes (who knew he had a jumpshot?) the bench mob is returning to formidableness. Hopefully the return of Gasol will allow Turiaf to move back to back up PF. If he does we may see the first wholesale substitution pattern in a while. Inserting Sasha, Farmar, Turiaf and Mbenga to go with either Kobe or Odom could yield positively marvelous results.
On the Portland end, their bench is really whittled down to Jarrett Jack, James Jones, and Channing Fry. On second thought, thats not a terribly bad bench.
Statistical Predictions -
In case anyone was wondering, I stopped keeping track of how well I was doing weeks ago.
20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol.
10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Kobe
7+ Assists: Lamar, Kobe
2+ Blocks: Ronny.
3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Farmar, Vladdy,
Closest To Triple-Double: Lamar.
Out On A Limb: Sasha will get a technical for overusing “the face” – upon league review Stu Jackson will attribute it to Kobe Bryant, and he will get suspended for the Dallas game.
Score: Win by 1+… In double overtime.
Game Information -
Radio: KLAC, KWKW
TV: Fox West
Internet: NBA LP
Burning Questions/Resounding Random Rambles -
Why does Portland give us such a rough time?
Who else kind of wishes they could go shopping with Luke Walton at Costco?
If Coby Karl and the Lakers get a ring this year, does the record show Kobe 5, Shaq 4?
Agent 0 has recently been quoted saying that he’ll take a pay cut to remain with the Wizards. What are the odds of Kobe (and Lamar) doing the same?
How long before crazed Kobe fans start making Kobe Facts a la Chuck Norris?
I’ll Get Them Started: Kobe’s contract has a hidden clause saying that he must wear jerseys weighing at least 50 pounds, and shoes 20 pounds each; this is to ensure that the Kobe/Micheal Jordan comparisons remain realistic.