I tried to watch all of the Warriors/Lakers game two, but I fell asleep about the end of the third quarter. I donâ€™t think this can be emphasized enough â€” donâ€™t read much into these games. Kevin at Clipperblog said it well, â€œThe lineups throughout the course of the game are like those David statue fridge magnet that you can dress with atrociously assembled outfits.â€ The Lakers ran a late first half roster out there that had Kobe running the point, Coby Karl at the two and Larry Turner at the five. Fairly sure we wonâ€™t see that when the games matter.
That said, here are some notes from the game:
â€¢ On the bright side, Ronny Turiaf looked a lot better on the offensive end â€” great post spin move on the block early in the first quarter; next trip down nice pass in the paint that led to a foul and free throws; two possessions later Ronny gives a little up-fake to get his defender in the air, drove the lane then when the defense rotated he made the kick-out pass to Fisher in the corner for the three.
â€¢ But the bigger problem was that â€œRonny the foul machine” was back with two personal fouls in the first 5 minutes, three within 7:30. Keep that up and he will play his way out of the starting lineup.
â€¢ Without Barron Davis in the lineup the Warriors actually played faster â€” 10 more possessions than two nights ago â€” but the offense looked and felt far more disjointed. Davis is their glue.
â€¢ That said, they still shot 51% (eFG%) for the game (second game in a row where they were over 50%). I still thought the Lakers defensive rotations looked a little better early on, then they broke down as the lineups became an experiment.
â€¢ I thought Bynum looked better â€” he showed some strength inside, both on the boards and with a couple strong dunks on passes inside. Still there are little things to be worked on (like getting a foul for a moving pick, then a leg foul when he showed on a pick and roll). I thought he looked better on pick-and-roll defense than Mihm.
â€¢ Farmarâ€™s decision making and shooting may not be ideal, but he looks more confident this year.
Now some non-game thoughts and links.
â€¢ Smush Parker was held out of Miami Heat practice one day last week for failing to meet team conditioning standards. Just a bit of schadenfreude.
â€¢ I have incredibly high hopes for this â€” Basketball Prospectus. The focus is on primarily college, but if Ken Pomeroy is on board Iâ€™m reading about the NCAA. On the NBA end, Kevin Pelton is one of the writers. Iâ€™m looking forward to this.
â€¢ NBA.com has its own new group blog, with plenty of talent on display. Should be interesting to follow as well.
â€¢ Festivus on the Southwest.
â€¢ Friend of the site Carter Blanchard looks back at a pivotal moment in Kobeâ€™s career.
â€¢ Next time LeBron James blows a layup in the NBA Finals, weâ€™ll know why.