I am truly impressed. I hope they can win game 5 and be done with this before it hits July, lol.
The entire series prior to this, Rasheed had to sit early due to quick fouls called.
Finally, Rasheed concentrated on the inside shot and playing without slap fouls on defense.
Suddenly, he led the team in points.
Right now on local ABC, a Los Angeles Feng Shui expert is going to analyze the "Lakers success . . . and failure."
dude all their points (Lakers) came from fouls. how fucking sad is that.
The Lakers continue to do one thing consistently incorrect as a team . . . in every one of these four games.
In this game, the Pistons were able to waltz in and get 2nd chances early. There were a LOT of Pistons offensive rebounds in the first half.
I keep saying as a mantra, "No second chances."
The odd notion of this series, without knowing how the Pistons played in previous series this year . . . their offense never looks like this.
Most of the Eastern series featured a lack of Detroit's ability to get inside . . . they rode their defense to the Finals.
The Lakers give them every shot.
2004-06-13 10:28 pm (UTC)
I never watch basketball, but it has been truly entertaining to watch the Lakers go down. Kick ass.
Are you watching Euro 2004? Thi?ءnce-England match today was absolutely awesome.
You'll have to forgive my ignorance, since I live in LA, grew up in Detroit, and this series is pretty much the end all and be all of my world of sports at the moment.
Most of the coverage here centers around the NBA right now, so I can't get any coverage that I know of . . .
However, I checked the Euro 2004 page, and did France score two in OT?
If so, it's hard to score, so that must have been a shocker for the UK.
2004-06-14 07:25 am (UTC)
Careful now, there are other countries in the UK other than England and they all have their own national teams. ;)
Indeed, France scored two goals in stoppage time, one from a free kick and one from the dumbest penalty ever conceded in a game. You should have seen the look on the English players' faces when they realized they had actually lost a match they were less than a minute away from winning.
What was the dumbest penalty ever?
You know what amazes me, no matter how much we win by or how many games we are up in the series, it's LA playing bad, and not Detroit playing great. It's about time they got thier props, and the only way they are going to get them is to finish it up.
Los Angeles is a dangerous team until the Pistons have a 4th victory.
Up until this point, the Lakers have poisoned themselves on their own hype.
Karl Malone's post game interview . . . he looked ready to quit.
Phil Jackson can't control his team.
Detroit IS playing excellent basketball.
If you look at the statistics, the Lakers have been literally owned in every game.
The only two consistently dangerous players have been Shaq and Kobe.
The rest of the Lakers squad . . . disappeared.
I don't know if you caught the post-game with Kobe, but he just looked like it was already over. He wasn't trashing his teammates, but he wasn't supporting them either. It was kind of sad.
Shaq and Kobe are two of the best players in the league. But the problem with them, as opposed to someone like Sheed, they don't bring up the play of those around them. The Pistons as a whole are better with Sheed, they feed off of his energy, his improves those around him. Shaq and Kobe do not do that. And that is why they are down 3-1. That is also why you play with 5 instead of two. Though if I were given Shaq and Kobe vs. Rip and Chauncy, I honestly don't know who I'd choose right now.
I'd still choose Shaq and Kobe.
They are the most dominant players at their respective positions. They are future hall of famers.
Yet, you are correct. The rest of the team does not respond to them.
The large problem sits on Jackson's shoulders. He does not like to take time outs. He absolutely does not control the team.
The problem with Jackson's style . . . it was suited for Jordan and Pippen to run the team. He does need to approach Shaq and Kobe in the same way . . .
He also needs to direct the other players. They're listless, and Payton and Malone are two bombs. They cannot be controlled, and they do not produce.
Of the three, Shaq, Kobe, and Phil the coach, one of them won't be there next year.
The rest of the team . . . expendable.
Also, the general manager really miscalculated the effectiveness of Malone and Payton. His job will be scrutinized this summer.
If you could make a time-space substitution for the classic, dominant Michael Jordan in Kobe's place . . .
He would still fail to win.
Jordan had Pippen, Cartwright, Grant, and always 4 other able-bodied and motivated men to help draw a good percentage of the shared work. They produced, almost every man, on those teams.
On the Lakers championship teams of recent history, almost every man produced.
On this Lakers team, the bench contributes . . . literally nothing.
Consecutively, in every game, Kobe and Shaq have been carrying the frighteningly large percentage of the load.
Usually, it's Kobe, Shaq, and 3 mostly-useless bodies on the floor.
The Lakers need 5 men on the floor in unison to win.
Even if Kobe and Shaq have made attempts to persuade their fellow Lakers . . . their group wouldn't even listen to Jordan.