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(ESPN)   Not news: Lakers down by one against the Celtics with only a few seconds on the clock. Still not news: Coach lets Kobe draw up the final play. News: Kobe passed on the final shot to feed Bynum   (sports.espn.go.com) divider line 19
    More: Interesting, Andrew Bynum, Celtics, Lakers, Kobe Bryant, hook shots, J.A. Adande, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett  
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2012-03-12 09:32:14 AM
Great story, subby-- except the Lakers had gone up by one with 42 seconds left and the extra 2 gave the ball back to the Celtics with 15.5 seconds left- an eternity.

But it sounds more dramatic the way you tell it.
 
2012-03-12 10:16:53 AM

notmtwain: Great story, subby-- except the Lakers had gone up by one with 42 seconds left and the extra 2 gave the ball back to the Celtics with 15.5 seconds left- an eternity.

But it sounds more dramatic the way you tell it.

 
2012-03-12 12:07:21 PM
So this means Kobe is a soft 4th quarter player
 
2012-03-12 12:11:07 PM
He is now fit to carry Lebron's purse.
 
2012-03-12 12:12:40 PM
Ughhhh. Yesterday's game was more painful that the Magic AIDS special.
 
2012-03-12 12:17:23 PM
By the way, looking at NBA.com's new 'clutch stats.

Kobe sucks in late/close games. This was brought up some years ago by another stat site.

Yet Kobe is considered a 'closer'
 
2012-03-12 12:21:14 PM

MugzyBrown: By the way, looking at NBA.com's new 'clutch stats.

Kobe sucks in late/close games. This was brought up some years ago by another stat site.

Yet Kobe is considered a 'closer'


I was just reading this the other day. Pretty interesting.

Plays involving off-the-ball cuts (1.18 points per possession) and transition plays (1.12 ppp) are by far the most efficient, followed by putbacks (1.04 ppp) and pick-and-rolls in which the ball reaches the hands of the rolling man (0.97 ppp). And the least efficient? Isolation plays, good for only 0.78 points per possession.

This season, when shooting out of crunch-time isos, Bryant has averaged roughly 0.5 ppp. If the Lakers offense worked that miserably for 48 minutes, the team would score fewer than 50 points a game.
 
2012-03-12 12:22:59 PM
I will not that, ironically, that article criticized Kobe for not passing to a Gasol, Fischer, or Bynum late in the game.
 
2012-03-12 12:23:40 PM

Car_Ramrod: Isolation plays, good for only 0.78 points per possession.


Paul Pierce, please report to this thread. Paul Pierce. Thank you.
 
2012-03-12 12:31:51 PM

MugzyBrown: By the way, looking at NBA.com's new 'clutch stats.

Kobe sucks in late/close games. This was brought up some years ago by another stat site.

Yet Kobe is considered a 'closer'


More often than not the "closer" tag is bogus. It is based on who usually takes the shot and nothing more. The problem with that is, if you know who will take the shot they are easier to stop with a double or triple team. So if a team always goes to the closer their stats will suck.
 
2012-03-12 12:39:37 PM
This was HUGE. This is the most excited I've been watching a Lakers game in a while. Kobe finally understands that Bynum can be the 2nd best player on a championship team and he's starting to treat him as such.

The shot distribution was much better as well. Kobe only shot 20 times, while Bynum got 16 attempts, and Pau had 11. Pau also seems to be setting nicely into the third option role and he's doing a good job on the boards and playing hard on defense (see the contest on Boston's last 3 point attempt).

With that being said, this was a home game against an aging Celtics team that is no longer elite. LA still doesn't have enough to get to finish line, and I'm wondering if this performance by Bynum would make them more motivated to try to move Pau by the deadline. I'm still furious thinking about what could have been with a CP3/Kobe/Bynum big three.
 
2012-03-12 12:43:38 PM
Kobe's great, no doubt, but I'd love to punch that smug "I'm better than everyone and I know it" look off his face
 
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2012-03-12 12:44:17 PM
Uh...

Passing to an All-Star for a high % shot = a good basketball move.

Passing to a bench player who was 2-5 from the field already = not a good basketball move
 
2012-03-12 01:03:18 PM

natural316: Kobe's great, no doubt, but I'd love to punch that smug "I'm better than everyone and I know it" look off his face


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2012-03-12 01:09:53 PM

lacrossestar83: natural316: Kobe's great, no doubt, but I'd love to punch that smug "I'm better than everyone and I know it" look off his face


That's it!!!!
 
2012-03-12 02:00:23 PM

Quiefenburger: He is now fit to carry Lebron's purse.


he could also carry Lebron's rin...oh, wait....
 
2012-03-12 02:24:05 PM

lacrossestar83: natural316: Kobe's great, no doubt, but I'd love to punch that smug "I'm better than everyone and I know it" look off his face

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I am envisioning that with "You gonna get raped" on it. U Mad works better though
 
2012-03-12 05:41:09 PM

MugzyBrown: Yet Kobe is considered a 'closer'


Using the same time frame that has been used to garner these 'stats,' name one player who has hit more game winning shots than Kobe.



I'll wait...
 
2012-03-13 10:57:45 PM
Using other members on the team in a team sport is only news in basketball.
 
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