Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Dissecting how Phoenix's zone defense befuddled the Lakers in 118-109 Game 3 loss to Suns

53916882

Frustrated with how Phoenix's numerous defensive adjustments in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals did little to prevent the Lakers from scoring, Suns Coach Alvin Gentry jokingly asked reporters after the game for any suggestions heading into Game 3.

The Suns ran a zone in Saturday's practice with poor execution, leading Gentry to wonder whether Phoenix should skip that defensive strategy in Game 3. Still, the Suns stuck with the plan.

The results were positive and immediate when Phoenix instituted a zone at the beginning of the second quarter. The Lakers scored only 15 points in 12 minutes. They attempted a playoff-record 32 three-pointers, making only nine of them. Lakers forward Pau Gasol shot just one field goal in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers heaved 11 three-pointers, four of them from Lakers forward Ron Artest.

Most NBA teams aren't used to playing against a zone defense, which didn't become legal until the 2001-02 season. The Lakers' discomfort with the Suns' zone defense was evident both on the stat sheet and in their on-court play. Consider the discrepancy between the Suns' defense in the first two playoff rounds compared with their first two games against the Lakers, including total points (95.9, 126), defensive field-goal percentage (45%, 58%), defensive three-point field-goal percentage (37%, 52%), points allowed in the paint (37.8, 54). Following is a breakdown of some of the Lakers' missed shots, which shows how much difficulty the team had matching up against the zone.

Second quarter, 11:31 - 11:15

The Sun's switch to a 2-3 zone may have surprised the Lakers, but they reacted on the first play the right way. One of the keys to playing against a zone involves making quick passes around the perimeter to test how quickly the defense shifts, a tactic the Lakers executed perfectly. Artest passed the ball up top to Jordan Farmar, who quickly passed to Lamar Odom on the nearside perimeter. Lakers center Andrew Bynum posted up on the near block against Phoenix forward Channing Frye, but Odom looked the other way toward Farmar at the top of the key. Since Bynum didn't get the look, he flashed toward the basket while Odom flashed across the lane and then cut out to the right block. Odom received the ball, Suns forward Louis Amundson confronted Odom and he attempted a 20-foot jumper. The shot rimmed out.

Second quarter, 10:42 - 10:37

Phoenix played in a 3-2 zone, with Amundson and Frye clogging the lane and preventing Bynum from getting good post position. With Farmar receiving a pass on the far corner, Phoenix forward Jared Dudley shifted from the top to the corner. Meanwhile, Odom remained open on the nearside since Suns guard Goran Dragic mistakenly stayed up top instead of spreading himself to cover the nearside of the court. Dragic quickly recovered, however, as Farmar pump faked and then dribbled in for a pull-up jumper. The shot hit off the side rim.

Second quarter, 9:39 - 9:33

With Farmar manning the point on the far side, Artest cut to the free-throw line and received a pass just above the stripe. Phoenix played in a 2-3 zone, with Amundson and Leandro Barbosa double teaming Artest by the right block. Artest dribbled left and pulled up for a quick jumper, despite Farmar being open on the nearside and Odom and Bynum trying to establish position in the post. Instead of settling for the quick shot, Artest could have passed the ball to Farmar to force the defense to shift and, perhaps, allow either Bynum or Odom to position themselves in the lane.

Second quarter, 9:02 - 8:52

This sequence demonstrates Phoenix's ability to play a 2-3 matchup zone perfectly. Lakers guard Shannon Brown drove to the lane, but Dragic immediately cut him off. With Phoenix spread on the floor, Brown made a quick pass to Farmar on the nearside perimeter before making another quick pass to Odom on the corner. Odom looked to make an entry pass to Gasol in the post, but both Amare Stoudemire and Dudley both marked on Gasol. So the ball got passed around the perimeter again, going from Odom to Farmar and then up top to Brown. With the shot clock down to six seconds, Brown hoisted a 26-foot three-pointer, which ultimately hit the back of the rim.

Second quarter, 4:24 - 4:18

After Odom cut through the lane to the far corner, he received a pass from Artest. Suns center Robin Lopez stopped a passive Gasol from posting in the lane, and Odom hoisted three over Stoudemire went off the back iron.

Second quarter, 3:48 - 3:38

Lopez swiped Kobe Bryant's pass to Gasol on the left block, forcing Bryant to pick up the loose ball near the time line. With only four seconds remaining on the shot clock, Bryant attempted a three-pointer, but it hit the back iron.

Third quarter, 5:57 - 5:50

After Odom passed the ball to Bryant just above the far perimeter, Bryant drove and posted up on Jason Richardson near the free-throw line. With Steve Nash helping on the double team, Bryant kicked the ball out to Odom, whose open three-pointer went off the rim. Gasol stood idly in the lane against Lopez instead of trying to post up inside.

Fourth quarter, 5:53 - 5:39

This play illustrates how quickly the Suns shifted in their 2-3 zone, while also denying Gasol space in the post. After Odom passed the ball to Artest on the far end, Grant Hill, Richardson and Nash shifted left, with Hill extended far out on the wing so he could mark Derek Fisher in the far corner. Artest quickly sent the ball back up top to Odom, and the Suns shifted immediately, with Richardson and Nash confronting Odom and Hill flashing toward Artest as Odom made another pass to him. After Odom received a pass just above the key, Richardson and Nash swarmed him, causing Odom to pass to Bryant on the nearside. Meanwhile, Gasol had trouble positioning himself against Lopez inside. Once Bryant received the ball, Stoudemire extended himself on the wing, while Nash shifted in Bryant's direction. Bryant immediately drove the lane, pump faked and weaved in for a pull-up jumper. But the shot hit the back rim.

What this means

Chalk it up, perhaps, to the fact that I went to Syracuse and greatly appreciated how well Jim Boeheim ran the 2-3 zone with his program. But I cringe when I hear the assertion that teams that play zone aren't sound defensively and use it to cover up their vulnerabilities. No doubt, the Suns made plenty of defensive adjustments in Game 2, including switching defensive matchups, double teams, zone and playing the post, all to no avail because the Lakers had too many options. But the above plays illustrate why Phoenix's zone worked in Game 3 against the Lakers: It was how active the Suns ran the set. They shifted immediately anytime the Lakers made a pass. They mostly disallowed the Lakers' front line from penetrating in the lane. And they mostly forced the Lakers to settle for quick shots, many of which didn't go in because the Lakers lacked rhythm.

Clearly, the Lakers didn't make the necessary adjustments in attacking the zone both through drives and posting up. They responded soundly by making quick passes around the perimeter to expose gaps in the Suns' zone, but that often went nowhere since Phoenix immediately shifted. The Lakers have the talent to make the necessary adjustments in Game 4. But it all comes down to execution, something the Lakers sorely lacked in Game 3.

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and power forward Pau Gasol talk during a break in play against Phoenix on Sunday in Game 3. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
Comments () | Archives (60)

The comments to this entry are closed.

REPOST:

From the red desert sands rose, like a sun, a majestic beast. A bird, it's name Phoenix, whose wings blazed like the fires of heaven and scorched all those who would oppose it. Then from the farthest west shot in, like an arrow, another beast. This one more FEARED and DANGEROUS than the mighty bird, a snake, Sleek and Gleaming Black with fangs of Purple and Gold. It STRIKES quick as lightning over and over until the Phoenix is felled and lay upon the ground, a smoldering carcas and wings now ash. The snake, the Black Mamba rises TRIUMPHANTLY and faces EAST toward another enemy.. A HALF PINT Leper-chaun... Beware little green man, beware.

Guys, I'm sorry to report this but I'm going to have to approve comments again, which I'm not happy about because most of everyone here hasn't created problems. But because the trolls are out in storm, I have no other choice.

MM

LTLF, do you know how revenues of games are shared by competing team in a series.? I can understand the Lakers (as my neighbor claimed) because of additional game in Staples. How about the Leprechauns, they will go back to Orlando? How do the leprechauns benefit from the hometown of Mickey Mouse, if they tanked Game 4?

good MM, thank you. I have an idea where these trolls are coming from, I'll email it to you.

Thanks Mark Medina, if that's really you, for jumping into the situation...

Laker Tom - Please email me your address. I don't have it on file. I'll then forward it to Edwin

MM

Fatty - yeah this is me.

MM

Yea and a 42-20 freethrow disparity helps make the zone look effective also.


Go MM, smite them trolls.

Go Lakers, tonight we restore order in the West.

HalosAnt - LOVE that post!

And you're right - that little green man needs to watch his shamrock.

Anyone else a fan of the movie "Boogie Nights"? I am amazed by the depth of the characters in that film. It's truely an amazing achievement and one of the best ensemble casts in celuloid history. I find the mixture of sadness and hope and desperation and eupohria quite toxic, and something not easily forgotton. It's really one of the best films I've ever seen and I;ve seen more than my share of films. I think it'll be another 100 years before we see that industry exposed like that, and by exposed I mean unveiled so that their humanity shines even brighter than their flesh.


Of course, it's not for everyone.


Is it game day?


Wes

From the red desert sands rose, like a sun, a majestic beast. A bird, it's name Phoenix, whose wings blazed like the fires of heaven and scorched all those who would oppose it. Then from the farthest west shot in, like an arrow, another beast. This one more FEARED and DANGEROUS than the mighty bird, a snake, Sleek and Gleaming Black with fangs of Purple and Gold. It STRIKES quick as lightning over and over until the Phoenix is felled and lay upon the ground, a smoldering carcas and wings now ash. The snake, the Black Mamba rises TRIUMPHANTLY and faces EAST toward another enemy.. A HALF PINT Leper-chaun... Beware little green man, beware. Posted by: HalosAnt | May 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM
*
It goes without saying...OUT FREAKIN STANDING AGAIN SIR!!
MAMBA24

Edwin,

I'm not positive, but I don't think there's any revenue sharing for playoff games. If they play a game in Phoenix, they get the money. If they play a game at Staples, the Lakers get the money.

FCM- so I should skip the post where I make a teary heartbearing confession about how I once killed a man in Reno just to watch him die?

can I use the 'a' word?

The Best Team – The Best Owner - The Best Coach – The Best Player – The Best Blog
Tue May 25, 2010 -LAKERS vs. SUNS Game 3– BACK 2 BACK PAYBACK!& REVENGE
X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HIT IT LAKER TOM! PARADE TIME!!! RINGS!!
*
GOOD MORNING TO: Mark Medina (Blog God)..Zaira-Amaterasu(Blog Poetess & Goddess)
FAITH(1st Lady of the Blog & Sec. of Defense) LakerGurl(There can be but One)
Sir Charles(Soul of LakerNation) LakerTom(Writer Supreme) LakerLass
JustAnotherMambaFan(Head of Mamba Clan) Jon K(Blog Secret Agent Supreme)
Fatty(Blog Social Satirist) Edwin Gueco(Blog Parliamentarian) Phred(Blog Love GURU)
SegeBoy aka Taliq (Blogs SHERIFF) - utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER (Blog Chaplain)
EastCoastJessie(Eastern Correspondent) The Moderator(Laker Scribe & Motivator)
Mini Banner Holder & Holderette, SBPimp & SBPimp Twins.,OutLAW & Baby OutLaw
*
The MORNING CRUE’ (Rocky, Dave M., RIck Friedman, #4, JohnnyV, JohnnyP,
EdwinGueco, HugoBoss, YellowFever, EastCoastJessie, Troy, LakerLass, Jeanette
Floyd, KB-Blitz, WesJoeNixon, Benjamin, Oucchh, Exhelodrvr, Vman, GinDC, Laili k.
FearLess, 2Phatt, TSphere, Tom-Daniels, JustaLakerFan, Keifo, Mark G. ChickNStu,
JamieSweet, J24(LadyGem24), PFunk36, LakerTruth, CapsGoogles, Caliphilosopher, DJ,
HobbitMage, LakersRydeOrDie, CyberCosmix, Nemia-Faletogo, Art-FL-LakerFan, Troy B.
KobeFan in Cupertino, LongTimeLakerFan, CornerJ, DJ855, Issang, Taino, Moderator,
DC-Mamba, Otis, Pang, SamLL, NBA4Ever, AztroNut, Thirty2, JayJay, Scott, McLyne
*
Welcome: HalosAnt, CostaMesaJoe, Jimmy2010, Laker Granny, Sasha V(The Machine),
Rod Serling, EuroTriple, Jeramy Brian, Sokudo, Ricky,
*
When Dark threatens to extinguish Light, Lakers and Celtics collide. When Good and Evil can't coexist for another second, Lakers / Celtics collide. When Love is threatened by Hate, Lakers / Celtics collide
The path is clear. It's time to get ugly, turn up the tough. Pain? what pain? Injuries? Cut me.
No Fear, the Suns shall illuminate our path, aid in our preparation for the battle ahead.
The Good, the Light, the Love, will Prevail... Rise Up! GO Lakers! @ VMAN
*
In my mind's eye, both the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet together arrives. They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the misguided notion that they are also contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all of the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is all about Boston. It has always been about Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our respect...and our derision. @ FEARLESS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyAiHpjviJQ
*
We Got This & We Want More! Nothing but another title will suffice.@ JustAnotherMambaFan
*
No matter what universe or alternate reality I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!! @ LAKER LASS
*
Laker Land: where all that is possible and even a lot of what is impossible happens on a daily basis.
History repeats to the same patterns, but evolving from them to a more perfected reality, round after round. So we are the same: just better than last time. And we are getting better with every step more we take within the future. @ : ZAIRA AMATERASU
*
To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping” basketball is a journey, teams learn about their weaknesses and strengths as they play along all 82 games. so let's enjoy this journey with our team. onto the next win :) @ J24 aka (LADYJEM24)
*
Wherever there is injustice...you will find us, Wherever there is 4th quarter suffering...we'll be there, Wherever the No-mo-Bynum banditos beckon to break up the brotherhood of Laker Nation...you will find... THE LAKER AMIGOS!!!@ CORNERJ
*
The target on our backs may be getting bigger but the bullet holes we leave after games are
leaving massive exit wounds...@ THIRTY2
*
***
Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are forged in the 4th quarter. Franchises are defined in the 4th quarter. Dynasties are cemented in the 4th quarter. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers basketball to another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
*
I say TONIGHT!!! KOBE BRYANT will have one of the GREATEST SINGULAR GAMES in the history of the game. In the history of the known universe. Many refer to 'THE SWITCH' as though it is tangible, physical object in someones control. The truth is that THE SWITCH is one that can only be ACTIVATED by the SPIRIT, and by METAPHYSICAL FORCES. In the case of Kobe Bryant, the switch is the PLAYOFFS and the BACK AGAINST THE WALL, ELIMINATION GAME. From there, the chattering of the masses shuts off, the instruction of SPIRITUAL MASTERS & SENSEI can be more easily understood, and the HEART OF A LION can be revealed in it's truest form. What the team needs more than coaching, more than new players, more than just a simple win streak is a chance. It needs a MOMENT. It needs a SWORD wielded from a rock that only ONE MAN can retrieve to be struck at the right time. It needs a GAME. It needs a thriller. In it's DARKEST HOUR . It needs a MOMENT. I say, it needs a thriller. I SAY IT NEEDS KOBE BRYANT. The Moderator Universal Love Corp. @ The Moderator | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGOB7bjaq-w&feature=related Kobe immortality
*
Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!! @ JON K
http://tinyurl.com/ylc9dvd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rTqkjWUqdo
*
ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!
*
Faith, LakerTom, #4, Keifo, Charles, EdwinGueco, Fatty, Jon-K, SegeBoy, ThaShow, TP, BD
WesJoeNixon, SBPimp&Twins, ECoastJessie Dice8Up, VMan, Rocky, Phred, DJ, TEAMN
JayJay, utzworld-TheBannerHOLDER, KB-BLitz, SixOneZero, The-D. FEARLess, RDLee
The OutLaw, BabyOutLaw, Exhelodrvr, Otis, Floyd, 2Phatt, Issang, JustAnotherMambaFan
LakerLASS, J24(LadyJem24) ZAIRA-Amaterasu, JEANette, LakerLady, MarcB, MARK G.
LoLo, StarGazin, MIKE T, Bob, BronxLakerFan, YellowFever, Generic-one PANG,TROY-B
RickFriedMan, Never,Troy, Bozz, TSPhere, Thirty2, OUCHH, Korey, Adrian-Palomar, EJK
TIM-4Show, TheLakeShow, LakerBandit, AZTroNut, PFunK36, Michael H. ,HYACINTH
DavidWhang, Jolly-Rancher, PsyCorp, MAGIC-Phil, LongTimeLakerFan, HOOPS FREAK
COMPLEX_BROTHA, WALLACE, G-in-DC, DCMAMBA, DJ = D(erek) J(eter),DEE Scott
JesterGuru LakerMan420, PsychedLakerGirl, LakerGurl, CHIC-N-Stu, MODERATOR
CornerJ, LakerSth, PSLakerFan, Dave M, JustALakerFan, Mark G. CapsGoogles, Cbuck
APPOLLO C. Vermont, HUMAnomaly, HOBBITMage, LakerHOLIC, Laker-FAITHFUL72
DwnTwnAtty, CYBerCosmiX, Nemaia Faletogo, InfamousEl-Guapo, LAILI K, MUD, JAC
TeeJ, BRYlle, JOVBATZ44, CALIPhilosopher, LakersRULE(AMIT), GANAPIA, HBMatt
JamieSweet JohnnyP, JohnnyV, Mr.Nano, Benjamin, TomDaniels, LakerMike, RIZZO
ComptonsFinest, Snake, WeaveMan, HugoBoss, KobefanInCupertino, Mud, TROLLMan
AngryLaker, LakerJustice, LakerTruth, LakersRydeOrDie, Art-FL-LakerFan, KobesBad
SFLakerGirl, BocaLakerGirl, SimiLakerGirl, LakerGirl1980, HoustonLakerGirl, OMEGA
RockinDA300Section, Annai-n-Bondi, HARIYahu, Joe Corad, Tolindo, HALOS-ANT
FREDDYP, Houston-Laker, EagleBoy, Laker-Kev, Puddle, DOC4Da-Lake-Show, DMC
BayWood, T-SENSei, PassionateLakerFan, LakerBake, ,SAMLL, LAKERINBC,TMELT
MAYOR of Kobe Town, JayDen24, MTI312, STAPLES24, D(erek) J(eter), JEFE101
LiTotes, LakeShowInPhx, LosAngeles-Kobes, ToMK, PurpleHeart, POO, ICE-Laker
SunnyValeLakers, LURKER, VI LakerFAN, NBA4-EVER, OutSider-GUA NEWSC2
RL, HENDrix, Dan-The-Man, LAL_ FAN, LAKESHOWINPHX, DallasRainesHair
HellRaiser(certifiedmambafan), Grail, DyManDave, RidingPine, JamesKatt, Justin
LakerGuru-FromIndia, FKIllah, Hector-ArtM. STefan Martin, JAYana, JacQueline
LeonardBast78, LoneStar-LakerFan, Eric M.Taino, Smooth-D Holding The Line Against CHAOS)
*
THE LAKERS PLEDGE, WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You

Mark, thanks for reining things in.

MM - Do what you gotta do Big Homie! Anything to quell the attacks of the FAKE poster!! It's UNFORTUNATE that you need to play the role of BLOG BABYSITTER because of the IMMATURITY of one dummy.
*
I like my "immature-ness" to be focused and directed solely to the roaming Trolls and on HOW AWESOME THE LAKERS ARE BABY!!!!!

So how does it take a Phil Jackson, 3 quarters, one half time break and a loss, to make an adjustment to the zone? I just don't understand this?

phred - LOL. Yeah just keep that story to yourself

MM


Phil Jackson is Our Shephard we shall not want
He leadeth us against the Green Bastards
He restoreth The Franchise
My Fingers are full all over
Yea tho I walk thru the Valley of the Suns I shall fear no defeat
Phils 10Rings, and 3 three peats comfort me
Surely Dynasties & Titles will follow the Lakers all of their life
And they shall dwell in the House of Staples forever

MM - thanks for doing what you need to do to make this blog great. It's really unfortunate that some posters have spoiled this opportunity.

Otherwise, I'm looking forward to Game Day. Should be a blast tonight.

>>>So how does it take a Phil Jackson, 3 quarters, one half time break and a
>>>loss, to make an adjustment to the zone? I just don't understand this?

Get a grip.

Phil isn't on the floor. Phil can coach them what to do, but if they never practice against a zone, then it's not just going to automatically come naturally to them what to do.

It's like what would happen if the United States changed the law and switched it to all cars will drive on the left hand side of the road.

Eventually people would figure it out, but those first few days, there'd be a lot of wrecks.

If Phoenix dares break out the zone this game, expect them to get thrashed soundly.

I've been to Vegas and I've been to Reno, and the winner is....Reno!


Why? The history and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. That drive between Reno and San Fransisco is amazing. It's just like that Thunder Mountain ride at Disneylnd.


Wes

If Phoenix dares break out the zone this game, expect them to get thrashed soundly. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 25, 2010 at 10:33 AM
LongTimeLakerFan I know I don't have to say it but...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!
mamba24

Yea and a 42-20 freethrow disparity helps make the zone look effective also.

Posted by: lakeraholic | May 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM

YEAH, YOU GOT IT RIGHT!

PARTIAL & REVISED REPOST:

Now it's time for the Lakers to step up & return back to form!!!

Lakers, You Breaka da Zone Like Fisha Breaka Nash isa Nose-a!!! Capisce?

Sorry, My Italian Blood Coming Thru Again...

------------------------------------------------

Drew, Play Thru The Pain & It Shall Be Ye Who Rises Up From The Ashes & NOT The Phoenix Nuns!!!

Mamba24, Please Add Me To The Bynum Bandwagon Too!

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!!

More games = More money.

Bad calls = Bad games.

So Orlando can "somehow" beat Boston in Boston, thus extending a forgone conclusion in the (L)Eastern Conference? That's wierd! And without Vinstupidity and Rashard "What, me shoot?" Lewis napping on the team's charter during the game?! What's really going on here?

Handle your business tonight, fellas. End this thing.

That is all.

"...Phoenix's zone worked in Game 3 against the Lakers: It was how active the Suns ran the set. They shifted immediately anytime the Lakers made a pass. They mostly disallowed the Lakers' front line from penetrating in the lane. And they mostly forced the Lakers to settle for quick shots, many of which didn't go in because the Lakers lacked rhythm.

Clearly, the Lakers didn't make the necessary adjustments in attacking the zone both through drives and posting up. They responded soundly by making quick passes around the perimeter to expose gaps in the Suns' zone, but that often went nowhere since Phoenix immediately shifted. The Lakers have the talent to make the necessary adjustments in Game 4. But it all comes down to execution, something the Lakers sorely lacked in Game 3. "

This is an excellent observation. The key, as you mentioned, in the shifting, which prevents the entry pass to the low post, where if the pass is made, the Lakers' bigs would dominate the Suns' bigs.

All you have to do is watch the Celtics shift on defense to understand what makes the defensive philosophy so great when they actually do shift according to the pass. It's anticipation. I saw, a few years back, the Spurs execute this philosophy to perfection.

The Suns did a good job but Robin Lopez, Louis Amundson and Channing Frye are not a Perkins, Wallace and even a Davis. The Boston big bodies are actually that: Big bodies. Still teams do take advantage of Davis' height. He tries to compensate with his weight. But over a good stretch of game time teams will dominate the Celtics if Davis is in there too long.

But Frye is hurting the Suns right now with his shooting.

The key to the Suns win in game 3 was, to me, Robin Lopez. When Lopez became a scoring threat that opened the game up for Amare. Without the Lopez treat, the Lakers collapse on Amare and shut him down.

Amare going head to head with Gasol...well, you get the picture.

mike t.

MarcB,

>>>The Phoenix Nuns!!!


Oooooooooo. Hadn't thought of that one before. Only you misspelled it.

The Phoenix Nones.

As in "no championships".

Verrrrry nice. Better than the Cleveland Cadavaliers even.

Props to MM for approving comments again. Hopefully the Times will find you an intern who's job is to monitor this zoo! Just make sure you behave appropriately if you do get an intern. We don't need no scandals on our hands. LOL!

Michael C. Teniente - Thanks for the love. After rewatching the game, it was very interesting to see how the Suns and Lakers played in this chess match in trying to match up with the zone.

MM

OK, "Phoenix Nones" it is...


*
*
BYNUM WE BELIEVE, UNLEASH THE BEAST TONIGHT - BANDWAGON
*
(01) LAKERTOM - OWNER -
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - you can't teach length. Drew has the makings of a great NBA center, and you can't put a price on him changing shots and swatting attempted layups and laying someone out on the hardwood, making them think twice before sashaying into the paint again. Every team is worried about our length. It's the biggest asset we have next to the Mamba. Why would we trade that for a quick guard? Other teams have a quick guard and they are currently fishing. WE on the other hand are favored to win.03)
(04)
(05) MARCB - Drew, Play Thru The Pain & It Shall Be Ye Who Rises Up From The Ashes & NOT The Phoenix Nuns!!!


"Phil Jackson is Our Shephard we shall not want
He leadeth us against the Green Bastards
He restoreth The Franchise
My Fingers are full all over
Yea tho I walk thru the Valley of the Suns I shall fear no defeat
Phils 10Rings, and 3 three peats comfort me
Surely Dynasties & Titles will follow the Lakers all of their life
And they shall dwell in the House of Staples forever"

Now that's outright Blasphemy and idolatry!

That is the perfect poem to make an example out of the Lakers as
to why not to lift yourself up so high as to reach the heavens. The Heavens
will rebuke the thought just to teach you not to speak so presumptuously.

What does it all mean? You cursed the Lakers! You did it...not me.

mike t.

Maybe after the finals you won't have to approve everyone again. But, the trolls will be trolls. It's kind of like ghetto philosophy. You can't own the building, so you own the street.


Wes

**Groundhogs Day - A Day in the Life of the Lakers Blog - Act II**

Mamba24: I love you guys.

Justa: Yeah, but I love you more.

Mamba24: Love is kind, love is blind... time for Love is in the Air Bandwagon!

Laker Tom: Please believe me, love starts from inside-out.

Art - Fl Fan: I BELIEVE YOU LAKER TOM. You are so right, you are always right. Even when you're wrong, you are right.

Edwin G: I think a love is good, but sometimes too bad, but sometimes good. When it's good, it's good, but when bad, it's pretty bad. What was the question again?

Troy: Love will be the end of us all. Stay away from love. Love will hurt you down the road. Love always loses in the end.

Rick Friedman: What does love have to do with basketball? and why doesn't Phil Jackson show any love for Farmar?

LTLF: Scientifically, love is nothing but electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Laker Truth: How can anyone not love Kobe?

EJK: I so love Lebron. Can we trade him for Sasha?

PFunk: Phil Jackson does not love anyone but himself!

Ouchhhh: Love is corrupt.

Yellofever: The refs stole my love.

Moderator: The metaphysical theory of love states that love is an energy that flows through all life.

KBlitz: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKIN ABOUT? I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT LOVE! I HATE LOVE! GRRRRRR.

Red's Love Child: I'll never admit it, but I secretly love the Lakers a little more every day.

Jon K: Secret agent Jon K reports that love is dead in Cleveland.

Eric Wright: Jon K is a meanie. Boo hoo.

Mark Medina: There are too many trolls, so love will now be censored.

Phred: It's all about the love!

(P)Robin'(B)Lopez (a.k.a. Sideshow Bob, a.k.a. Anderson Varejao's Bizarro World Twin) will never play out-of-his-mind basketball like that again.

Secondly, is Amare "Three-steppin'-into-the-lane" Stoudemire really going to zing us for 40+/10+ again? I think not. Just watch the zebras tonight, y'all.

Rest Bynum, let the starters set the pace, and clear the lane for Shannon. Whoops! That last one was for Phoenix.

Want some? Get some.

20FL

>>>LTLF: Scientifically, love is nothing but electrical signals interpreted by your
>>>brain

Nope, you missed the boat on this one.

Love is where your happiness is contingent on the happiness of the one you love.

Those electrical signals in the brain? That's mostly lust.

Better luck next time.

"Michael C. Teniente - Thanks for the love. After rewatching the game, it was very interesting to see how the Suns and Lakers played in this chess match in trying to match up with the zone."

Easy cowboy, easy! Getting in my good gracious isn't something you can do with flowery language.

So I though you a crumb...so what!

I'm mike t.

Who the hell are you!

LOL!

mike t.

Tonight's game even/under thought of the day.......

Can we EVEN hold the Suns to UNDER 100 pts?

I would love to see some Lakers defense.

Are the Lakers purposely not showing their defensive hand to the Celtics by letting the Suns score so easily? Or, are the Lakers that bad on defense and the Suns that good on offense?

Ladies and Gents start your engines, game day. Tonight’s Live Blog will be OUTSTANDING, TROLLS not allowed, just true Purple and Gold. WESJOENIXON, you are absolutely correct on the ride from No Cal to the Sierra is unbelievable to behold, but I prefer Vegas to Reno and it's not because I live their. Also as I've stated before TRUE Lakers fan can NEVER, EVER root for the HATED C's for any reasoning. Big time LAKERS win tonight.

Correction:

"So I though you a crumb...so what!"

It should read:

So I threw you a crumb...so what!

LOL!

mike t.

>>>I'm mike t.
>>>
>>>Who the hell are you!

Someone who knows enough about grammar to capitalize his name and put a question mark at the end of a question instead of an exclamation point.

What does it all mean? You cursed the Lakers! You did it...not me.mike t. Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 25, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Woe is me, woe is me I've been rebuked by the great Mike T!
But Mike listen Buddy, I never came to this blog to hear nobodies. You know why I came to this blog MIke? Why of course to hear Mike T. As for heavens i believe in Quantum Mechanics myself. As above so below. The smallest atom is the same as the Largest Sun. A black hole is a White Hole turned inside out. If there are a Billion, Billion Galaxies and each Galaxy contains a Billion Billion Suns and around some of those suns circle planets. Then Mike...MIKE!!! Come on now, what does my lame @zz poem matter in the scheme of things. But then again You are MIke T. and who the Hell am I.

Mamba24, Man you are no joke, the ROLL CALL is a stroke of a True Blessing. Brother you are Freaking OUTSTANDING.

Hey guys we got a new post up

Mike T - Come on. I'm just trying to be nice.

MM

I'm mike t. Who the hell are you! Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM
ROFLMFAO!!! OH SWEET JESUS! Mike that is probably the line of the century!

Are the Lakers purposely not showing their defensive hand to the Celtics by letting the Suns score so easily? Or, are the Lakers that bad on defense and the Suns that good on offense?
Posted by: Fatty | May 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM
*
Give the man an"A"

"Someone who knows enough about grammar to capitalize his name and put a question mark at the end of a question instead of an exclamation point."

Actully, the capital in the name would look like this:

Mike t.

I perfer it to look like this:

mike t.

It looks even across. The correct version looks jagged, which I don't like.

You can call me mike t. the stylist, too.

As for the question mark. I read in a grammar book that when the intent is to make a strong statement you can change the question mark to an exclamation point because the "question" is rhetorical. In this case the "Who the hell are you!" is not intended to be answered because there is no answer. Compared to me on this blog....you're nobody. That's common knowledge so, in theory, there is no answer to the question and therefore it's not a question but an exclamation. A bold statement if you will.

mike t.

@2PHatt, Stop that, Stop that now!! Lol!
mamba24
*


"Someone who knows enough about grammar to capitalize his name and put a question mark at the end of a question instead of an exclamation point." Actully, the capital in the name would look like this: Mike t.
I perfer it to look like this: mike t.

It looks even across. The correct version looks jagged, hich I don't like.You can call me mike t. the stylist, too.
As for the question mark. I read in a grammar book that when the intent is to make a strong statement you can change the question mark to an exclamation point because the "question" is rhetorical. In this case the "Who the hell are you!" is not intended to be answered because there is no answer. Compared to me on this blog....you're nobody. That's common knowledge so, in theory, there is no answer to the question and therefore it's not a question but an exclamation. A bold statement if you will.Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM
OOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
I don't know WTF you're talking about but it sure sounds pretty!

BLOG CRUE
Game day. I'm really excited about tonight's game. Kobe will have his determination spread to all of our Lake Show. Thank 'Lando for extending the series. I expect a victory tonight. Where is Lakers4Realz?

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

>>>I read in a grammar book that when the intent

How precious. Recounting your first grade lessons, little Mikey?

If you had remembered your lessons correctly, then you would know that you cannot REPLACE the question mark with an explanation point. If you want to add emphasis, you may ADD an exclamation point to the question mark.

Like so: "Who the hell are you?!"

Now go clean the erasers and erase all that drivel you wrote on the chalkboard about your hatred for Phil Jackson.

I'm always baffled when I watch the great Phil Jackson coach the team to a loss and hear him tell us what the Lakers should have done and didn't.
Of course he advise is a day late.

It's an insult to pay a guy $12 mil, who can't make in game adjustments.

Is he merely a practice coach? Does he not see that you may want to put some shooters in the game? Or even more basic, get the ball into Kobe or Lamar at the FT line?
Let Sasha and Morrison jack up 32 threes and we win by 20?

True Hugo, we do love our World Champion Lakers here in Denver!

Last game we broke Nash's beak instead of the zone.

Tonight we get it right!

mike t.
-
For someone who claims to cling so closely to the teachings of the Most High, your pride & arrognace is a poor representation of Him. "I'm Mike T - who the hell are you?"
-
Humble yourself...lest ye forget how He feels about prideful & arrogant folks.

mike t.,

Please kick rocks. That is all.

20FL

Mr. Medina -- you wrote one of the better articles I've ever seen in the Los Angeles Times on basketball. Clear analysis, point-by-point, and yet with good technical writing skillz so the laymen could understand. And I feel sad that the comments seem to have nothing to do with what you said. Your article should have provided for discussion about the relative merit of your understanding of the zone breakdown of the second quarter. Not to play editor, but such a detailed breakdown of why Paul Pierce killed us in 2008 would be next wish from you ... or maybe, how Tayshun Prince managed to seemingly shut Kobe down in 2004? I love these kinds of historical excavations of pivitol battle moments and what was the mechanism on which they turned ...

Big Bomb - Thanks for the feedback. I definitely appreciate it. The Times' sports page featured this post on the main site, and I plan to as often as I can do a film breakdown on certain parts of the game. I'll definitely try to keep doing more of these since readers, including yourself, enjoy how it further explains the aspects of the game.

MM

Good job, MM. Well said, Big Bomb.

20FL


Connect

Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

All Things Lakers »

Your database for all things purple and gold.

Find a Laker

Search a name

Select a season

Choose one of our lists



Categories


Archives
 

About the Bloggers


Bleacher Report | Lakers

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More Lakers on Bleacher Report »



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists:


In Case You Missed It...