Saturday, December 8, 2012

Where's the Defense Mike?

Where's the defense Mike? This is the question that I have for Mike D'Antoni. The Los Lakers lost 114-108 to the Oklahoma Thunder on Friday night. That score is too flattering to the Lakers who trailed most of the game and made a push late in the fourth quarter. It was too little too late.

Kobe Bryant Signed Photo - 24 x 30 PANINI LE 124Once again Kobe led the Lakers in scoring. This time he had 35 points. He finally had some support from Dwight Howard who had 23 points but that wasn't enough. The Lakers problem is that they have no defense. We knew that was going to happen didn't we?

We were sold a bill of good from D'Antoni. He wanted his stars players to score. He wanted the Lakers to score points. At times this season they have done that but they haven't done it enough. I might not be a professional NBA writer but it seems to me that the problem with the Lakers is a piss poor defense.

The Lakers have scored 100 points in 12 games this season. They've won 8 of those games. That's not too bad but the Lakers have scored less than 100 points 8 times. They've lost 7 of those games. It's clear that the Lakers need to score more than 100 points per game to have a chance of winning.

Their defense is mediocre. The Lakers have given up the 14th most points out of the 30 NBA teams. That's not good enough. The Lakers have scored the seventh most points. That combination is a recipe for disaster. In my opinion the Lakers need to rank in the top three in scoring to have a chance or they have to improve their defense.

The Lakers have scored 100 points 12 times, won 8 of those games and are still 9-11. That means the Lakers need to score 100 points almost every night. Is that possible? I don't think so.

It will be hard for them to score more points than they are. They need to improve their defense. That has become so clear. You can't win an NBA title without defense and the Lakers don't have a good one. They have a middle of the road one.

It should be clear to everyone now that the Lakers made a terrible decision to hire Mike D'Antoni and not Phil Jackson. While D'Antoni is the so called offensive guru his system sure doesn't make a consideration for defense.

The Lakers are a team of stars. Kobe has carried the load. Even if Howard has games like tonight they will be hard pressed to score 110 to 115 per night. I see a Lakers team that will be worn out by the end of the year. They can still make the playoffs but they will need to be a scoring machine.

When the playoffs come and if the Lakers are lucky enough to be a participant in them they will be destroyed by their opponents. This is what D'Antoni offers the Lakers. This is what the Lakers gambled on. This is what the Lakers chose and it isn't good enough.

I've been a Lakers fan for over 25 years. D'Antoni is one of the most underwhelming coaches. I'm still angry with his being hired and I'm not willing to forget about it and forgive Lakers. They could have hired an NBA legend. They could have hired a coach that has won 11 NBA championships. They could have hired a guy who won five of those championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. They could have hired Phil Jackson.

As you can see I have sour grapes. I was willing to give D'Antoni a chance, the same chance that the Lakers gave to Mike Brown before dumping him. I haven't been impressed with what I've seen. Now it's time for D'Antoni to wow me and wow me now

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.

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