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This is how the Lakers win

Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:45 am
 
The Lakers shut down the Clippers and in doing so found their model for success this year. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore


The Lakers have struggled this season to establish any sort of identity. They look lost often times on both ends. Some of that is a new system, their first in really over a decade (we won't talk about the Rudy T year). Some of that is new personnel, with so many new pieces and the gaping hole where Lamar Odom used to be.

But in their rematch win over the Clippers, they found their model. Even distribution of offense between Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Byum, and emotional swarming defense from the reserves. Metta World Peace steps up to deliver key play after key play and the Lakers slogged Lob City into a swampish mode. When the Clippers aren't able to operate in space, their decision-making becomes suspect.

Now, it was still a come-from-behind win over the "little brother" in which the Lakers needed Metta World Peace, who has not played well in two years to come through in the biggest way possible, and a 32-14 free throw advantage, and a series of disastrous decisions from the Clippers (like a late Blake Griffin three attempt which he was out of bounds on), and for Chris Paul to look extremely rusty in his first game back from injury. But separate from their opponent, it gave the Lakers a sustainable approach.

All season long the Lakers have relied on inconsistent, unsustainable approaches. Kobe Bryant cannot score 40 per game against quality opponents shooting 30 times and have the Lakers winning. Andrew Bynum cannot get 25 touches. Matt Barnes cannot be the only role player contributor. They have been relying on flawed approaches, yet still winning enough, which shows you the talent on a Lakers team that seemed lost without Lamar Odom. But the Clippers game was different. They knew what they wanted to do, and for the first time this season, they bent their opponent to that will, to that team concept. It was an entirely new type of Lakers win, even if it seemed similar to other slots in the W column. 

It was the first time this season that we saw the Lakers' defense as it is supposed to be constructed. This was the idea. Heavey action for Pau Gasol in the post, as Gasol had a monster game. Andrew Bynum dominating with size. Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant (he only took 17 shots!). And a defense that forms a wall around the perimeter and attacks the handle aggressively. It's not pretty. It's not Showtime. And it has a long way to go. But that's how the Laker are supposed to play under Mike Brown. That's how it's supposed to go down.

And the result is very much what Lakers fans have come to expect. A win.
Comments

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:10 pm
 

This is how the Lakers win

A celtics fan whining about refs giving a team the game. A celtics fan? Really? Hilarious.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:49 pm
 

This is how the Lakers win

...  a 32-14 free throw advantage, and a series of disastrous decisions from the Clippers (like a late three attempt which he was out of bounds on), and for to look extremely rusty in his first game back from injury. But separate from their opponent, it gave the Lakers a sustainable approach.

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So the Refs gave em the game .. nothin new here.   Sympathy win at best.   Keep "distirbuting" the ball between only 3 players .. that's NOT sustaiability .. it only means they'll get burned out over the course of the season, or get injured, which is anything BUT sustainability.   The Lakers are in a 3-way tie for 7th place ... that's about right seein as they will maybe squeak their way into the playoffs and get bounced in the first round.   Probably the same thing happens to the Celts, but at least Boston won't be stuck with their old core for longer than this season ... LA, well they're #$%ed for the next 3 years and THEN their rebuild will start 3 years after the Celts aleady started theirs.   ENJOY!  Laughing




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:56 pm
 

This is how the Lakers win

I never said I watched the game...I'm just bringing up how ironic this 'winning formula' is when a team was given 18 more FTs...the exact number from the 2002 Game 6 conference finals.  The Lakers can kiss my ass.  Glad we swept those punks last year.



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:47 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

I agree Matt. I think the Lakers turnovers and the Clippers' hustle kept the game a lot closer than it would have been otherwise. Also, Chris Paul just coming back and not finding his shot certainly didn't hurt. That being said, Gasol and Bynum establishing themselves in the paint was the difference, as it should have been and really with this team should always be. It isn't like the Lakers just picked up a random 4 and 5 off the street and plugged them in. These are two giant veterans who have great post moves and experience. The Lakers need to focus the offense inside out and let their 7 footers do the work. When they do, good things will start to open up outside, lanes to the basket open up, etc etc.

Ant, you obviously didn't watch the game. First, the Clippers were fouling last 2 minutes, so 10 of those free throws came off intentional fouls during that period. Second, Griffin and Jordan weren't establishing themselves in the post to get fouled and go to the line as much as usual, or were just getting uncontested buckets in transition. The rest of the Clippers shot jumpers all night (see Mo Williams, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler), which also doesn't get you many trips to the line.

As for Paul's little blowup at the end, I like it and I don't like it. Gotta remember that Chris Paul has never even been to a NBA Finals, much less won a championship, whereas Kobe and Pau have not only been there multiple times, but won it multiple times. They have that confident ease of champions, whereas Chris Paul is chappy and hungry and hates losing. If I am a Clippers fan, that is exactly the attitude I want from my superstar and leader, refusing to be ok with losing and refusing to concede anything to anybody.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:35 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

32-14 Free throw advantage.  Hmm...I remember something like this...it was the 2002 conference finals.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:56 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

Hopefully this is a sign of the team starting to get the preachings of Mike Brown and finally understanding the only way they are going to advance through the season and the playoffs is to play TEAM basketball. I do think that some minor tweaks can still be made through roll player aquisition, but for now every Laker, and I mean Every Laker should remember it is a Team Sport.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:52 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

I love it! Go Lakers!

CP3 is a broad! what a little punk, sore loser. What kind of crap is that? Pau was just trying to tell him good game, what a punk! Play better next time fool!



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:50 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

Little Chrissy got upset when Pau touched his head? He should've dick slapped the little bitch...hopefully Metta does next time. Chris Paul has never won DICK at any level and he talks and talks and talks. Win something little LeBron...



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:45 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

"This is how we do it" (singing in my Montell Jordan voice)



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:18 am
 

This is how the Lakers win

Go Lakers!


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