Wiltside wrote:Jimmy is averaging:
27.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 10.0apg, 2.0spg, 0.8bpg, 41.5mpg on 55% shooting and 91%FT.
He literally can't do much more than that. He's essentially matching LeBron James' numbers and impact.
Yeah there's times where we'd like him to be more aggressive, but he has one of the best defenses in the leagues full attention and he's playing big minutes. He can't do it alone.
We're down our previously leading scorer in the playoffs and other offensive threat in Goran, and until today we didn't have Bam either. It's not easy.
Didn't we argue about game 2 where I said he could do more... and then he did in game 3? If he's aggressive he can score at a good clip but for some reason he's normally passive.
In the 3 losses he's averaging just over 23 points, the 1 win 40. Nobody was scoring well tonight, he needed to take over and just didn't.
I just don't really know what more you want him to do. Yeah he went Super Saiyan in game 3 and had one of the best NBA Finals games of all time...but that's not exactly sustainable and a given every game.
If you told me he'd mirror LeBron's production this series, who is the best player in the world, I'd take it every day.
Jimmy: 27.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 10.0apg, 2.0spg, 0.8bpg, 41.5mpg on 55% shooting and 91%FT.
LeBron: 27.8ppg, 11.0rpg, 8.5apg, 0.8spg, 0.8bpg, 38.3mpg on 53.8%FG and 68.3%FT.
At the end of the day, we're not down 3-1 due to Jimmy. Hell, we are 3-1 due to Jimmy - without him we'd be swept.
We're down 3-1 because the Lakers have played better ball than us for longer periods of the games. They've got us out of our comfort zone, their role players have hit threes and ours have not.
Not having Bam for 2.5 games and no Gogi sure hasn't helped, but Jimmy has played like a Superstar this series. Whatever happens in Game 5, and believe me I hope you're right and there's another 40/11/13 game in him, he has my utmost respect. He's shown what he can do on the big stage.