Bryant had 31,10 and 6 FFS with a block and a steal.
I've said it before on this forum. The Lakers have no one to create for others in the point guards position. I can't be assed checking but I'd like to know where LA rate in assists this season. Basketball is an easy game when someone drives and causes the defence to collapse resulting in a ice hockey assist ( the guy who receives the pass then gets an assist ) look at the Knicks, Melo is often open because of multiple switches trying to stop an open shot. The 36ers have this same exact problem. Schencher would kill it if a guard did all the hard work and he just cherry picked open 6 footers or jams.
The Lakers DO NOT HAVE A POINT GUARD capable of running an offence off the fly ( duhon is shit scared and won't make plays on instinct ) so there is broken plays 50% of the time and Kobe is forced to shoot or Dwight makes a post move with the old jab step and spins to the basket.
Who on LA can create their own shot?
Only Kobe and Jamison.
Who has played the best for their ROLE this season? Kobe and Jamison
The Knicks today shot 53% for 2's while LA shot 41%. With Nash that creats open shot and LA's % goes up to 55% LA has lost 15 games this year, how many by under 8 points? do you think Nash is worth 8+ points? I'm still waiting till Nash gets back I'm not convinced the Lakers are done, people will laugh and say " Nash can't play D " but you have to realise the benefits of a having smart point guard on your team. Gasols numbers will really show the difference when Nash and Blake are healthy, as will Howard's.
Look at the best teams from the last decade and the importance of a gun point guard who demand respect for their jump shot causing players to run out to contest a shot, then driving and making the D collapse and dump off for the easy assist.
Parker, Westbrook, Rose, Chris Paul, James( yeah 3 or 4 man ) but face it he's a point guard.
Then there's guards who have sub standard shooting but still penetrate and dish like
Rondo and Kidd.
Once again Ingles just give up, we know you hate Kobe but you really don't have a clue about the "game" of basketball, just think you do cause you scored 50 on NBA jam down at the beach house with your buddies. The only box you get is your little box scores. Do you even watch live basketball? Been to an NBA game? Watch the 36ers live?
I will happily eat my words come April but if Nash and Gasol come back soon and LA are healthy and in sync come the playoffs not too many teams will like to face them.