While Pau Gasol has only made 4 baskets in the first two games, and Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher have struggled shooting the ball. Ron Artest has been the most consistent for the Lakers thus far in the playoffs.
Its only been two games but Artest is shooting 46% from the field, while averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game.
According to the LA Times, Mark Medina, the reason for his big time play may be from practicing less:
“I know I’m getting older, so I’m trying to conserve energy,” Artest said. ”
“When I was younger, I worked out too much,” Artest said. “It affected my game. I never had energy in the game. In the playoffs last year, I was working out a lot, but then I stopped. I saved my energy for the game. I had big games and big shooting games, and it wasn’t because I was working on my shot. I learned how to rest and stay in shape.”
The debate may all but be dead, after Artest was such a big factor in winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year. But, there was a time where people didn’t like letting go of Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest.
Trevor Ariza in two games vs. the Lakers has shot 36% from the field, while averaging 14 points, and 7 rebounds, in 40.5 minutes per game. If the two games vs. each other are any indication, the Lakers made the right decision.