Respect My Mind wrote:Defense is their biggest issue but you compound that problem with stagnant Offense.
Not in this game, you didn't. L.A. scored 107 points, man, and they did it on a very strong team ORTG. Their offense was prolific and efficient in this one, especially after the first. You'll notice that Metta and Dwight got going after the first quarter and Kobe's shooting volume cooled down, yeah?
You are trying to blame things on 40 year old Jamison and a guy who got cut by the 76'ers. Scrubs will be scrubs
No, I'm not. He took three shots all game and shot a competent percentage from downtown for spacing. He was a non-factor after the first, and otherwise a defensive liability as always, but the other players I put down were much more of an issue. If you weren't dancing around the issue trying not to be wrong, you'd acknowledge that instead of knocking down a straw man.
...unless they're put next to a transcendent offensive catalyst (Wade, James, Rondo, Paul)
Jamison sucked next to Lebron as well.
Kobe is the one making 27 Million this year...Jodie Meeks wont even make 27 Million in his whole career.
Not relevant. Meeks took 9 3PA and bricked 7 of them, making him inefficient and useless in that game.
But again, you're still focusing on offense in a game where the L.A. offense wasn't the problem at all.
41 points on 74% in the first. That's what the defense gave up. L.A. was down 14 by the end of the first quarter and they never recovered, especially since they were -5 in the second quarter as well. So even after getting hot offensively in the second half while the Knicks cooled down and sat Melo, they still only got within 9 by going +6 and +3 in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
Defense was the problem and the game was closer than it might have been because the Knicks were sitting their hot primary scorer. More particularly, transition wasn't the reason that L.A. struggled defensively, it wasn't where they got burned. Dribble penetration and kick-outs leading to open 3s with weak close-outs were a MUCH bigger set of issues.
This is basic stuff. You've got zero standing room on this issue, Kobe was not at fault for this loss, nor is he the primary cause of the team's defensive woes. He's not a perfect player, for sure, and I'm the first one to harp on his shot selection, plus I've spent a good deal of time pointing out the inanity of some of his more recent All-Defensive selections... but he's not sabotaging the team. Their team-wide failure to communicate and rotate in a timely manner is a far bigger issue on defense than his gambling or his declining speed, etc.
Again, offense isn't the issue here, it's pretty clearly defense and Kobe was not the problem either.