Playoff Capsule: Los Angeles Lakers

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Let's be honest with each other for a moment -- without Kobe Bryant the Los Angeles Lakers are about to tip-toe into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim. Or, shorter, they're screwed. So screwed. Much of their offense over these 82 games has been built around Bryant's ability either … [Read more...]

Nash, Kobe, Dwight Outfox Chicago With 1-2 P&R

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Before the season even started, we discussed how the Lakers could get Kobe Bryant shots and keep him fresh at the same time by working him off the ball more often. Circumstances--Steve Nash's early-season injury, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol's recurring injury problems, Mike Brown's firing, Mike … [Read more...]

The Lakers’ Deadly Horns Set

While the season has been quite disappointing for the Lakers, there have been a couple of bright spots that have made this team fun.  They haven't been like many sub-.500 teams that look absolutely lost on offense. In fact, they have been running some very effective sets and it's helped their … [Read more...]

A Thorough Examination of Dwight Howard’s Defense Against the Heat

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Dwight Howard was the credited defender on an actionable play (FGA, FT or TO) four times last night, per the video tracking service mySynergySports. Heat players went 1-for-4 from the field on those plays. So, if we take only the plays credited directly to Howard, the Heat scored 0.25 points … [Read more...]

Lakers Use A Familiar Horns Play To Set Up New One

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Though Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is seen as something of the Godfather of the spread pick-and-roll, his team has been inserted more horns sets recently to take advantage of the excellent high post passing of Pau Gasol. On Christmas day against the New York Knicks, the Lakers used a familiar horns … [Read more...]

Kobe Bryant And Carmelo Anthony Are Thriving As Passers

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Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, widely considered two of the NBA's most notorious gunners, are making things happen on offense with their passing. Obviously, each is still using their fair share of offensive possessions - Bryant currently ranks 7th in the league in usage rate and Anthony is 1st … [Read more...]

Lakers’ killer set from the double high post

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Despite the Los Angeles reloading with star power this offseason, people still question how improved the Lakers will be and how easily Kobe will share the ball with his teammates. Steve Nash as a primary ball handler is a great thing, but can he coexist with a shooting guard who is used to having … [Read more...]

The Lakers’ 1/5 pick-and-roll action

The Los Angeles Lakers and their fans were given a fantastic present this offseason. It was one of the top-5 basketball players in all ze world. To make things even sweeter, or worse if you're a Spurs fan like myself, Steve Nash materialized out of thin air in Forum Blue and Gold, giving Los Angeles … [Read more...]

J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo, and Orlando After Dwight

Without their two best players and veteran head coach from last year, the Orlando Magic will obviously have an uphill battle in remaining competitive this season. However, this season should give fans a clearer look at Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick, two players who could succeed in a larger role in … [Read more...]

Old Dogs, New Tricks: Working Kobe Bryant Off The Ball

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You may have heard, but the Los Angeles Lakers added a couple of pretty talented players to their roster this summer. Last season, the team was overly reliant on Kobe Bryant's ability to create for himself, and the offense often suffered on nights when he didn't have it going, especially early in … [Read more...]

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