Three Things That Worked For Us; Three Things That Worked For Them

Kurt —  November 18, 2009

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Kwame A. sent in this breakdown from the Piston’s game.

A couple things from last-night’s game against the Pistons:

Worked For Us: Odom/Bynum two-man game. This has been developing nicely over the course of this short season. When the Laker guards bring the ball up the court the first pass triggers a cut to the corner. This sets up Lamar and Bynum on the weak-side for some two-man action. Against the Pistons, this action led to an easy bucket for Drew in the 1st quarter. Odom received the ball, Bynum set the screen, both Piston defenders swarmed towards LO and as LO went up to shoot Bynum rolled to the hoop and got a chippie.

Worked For Them: Aimless Driving.
Its bad when the triangle breaks down. It leads to imbalance on the court, and that could lead to a turnover or worse, a turnover that leads to an easy hoop. We had two such instances that stood out last night. Lamar at the top of the key driving into the heart of the defense with Bynum and Kobe already in the paint, and Kobe getting stuck baseline in the air, with nobody to pass to. The Nuggets did a good job disrupting the Lakers sets, so did the Mavs. No other teams have forced the Lakers out of their offense. The problems occur when the Lakers break their offense. Aimless driving needs to be eliminated.

Worked For Us: Aggressively Trapping the Screen and Roll. Will Bynum, Stuckey and Gordon are all very dangerous off the screen and roll, and nobody needs to remind Laker fans about the Lakers perennial (see since the 90s) problem with this basic basketball play. Two times last night the Lakers aggressively trapped the ball handler coming off the on-ball screen. Once the guard was Jordan, once the guard was Kobe. Both times Bynum was the big. Bynum was having a lot of problems when he gives the guard space, but when he closed down hard and the guard fought through, the aggressive trap disrupted the play or caused a turnover.

Worked For Them: Basic Give and Go.
With KWAME BROWN no less!!! Austin Daye (Tay Prince’s long-lost right-handed younger twin) and Brown ran their own two-man game on the weak-side. Daye entered the ball into Brown, Daye used a rub-read cut and received the ball on the give-and-go for the easy two points. The Laker weak-side defense was absent on the play. Weak-side d not reacting also allowed Gordon to drive to the hoop for a easy dunk.

Worked For Us: All 5 Touch the Rock. The best play of the game probably came out the dual-post action we have been seeing with Kobe and Drew occupying the low blocks. Fish entered to Kobe on the weak-side. Kobe was doubled, so he kicked back out to Fish, who swung it to Ron-Ron. Artest, ever the deferring passer, whipped to LO in the strong-side corner. LO found Drew for the easy bucket. This dual post-action also led to Kobe giving Drew a direct lob for a jam as well.

Worked For Them: Creating the Mismatch. Ron and Kobe were running through (for the most part) a series of staggered picks all night long. One sequence that worked well was when the Pistons had Chuck V. set the second stagger pick for Gordon on the wing. Gordon receives the ball and immediately an on-ball screen from the other Detroit big is set so the Lakers have to switch. All this action sets Gordon up at the top of key with space to attack Ron. (The Lakers adjusted to this later in the game and began to surround the ball-handler when he attacked the hoop.)

Kwame A.