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Dissecting Ron Artest's shooting against Golden State

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Two things that often irk Ron Artest: When he fields questions that he feels aren't fully thought out and researched, and when he's asked about a shooting slump. But even with the Lakers storming out to a 3-0 record, this period marks one of those times, as Artest has begun the season having made only 10 of 40 field-goal attempts (25%), and five for 18 from three-point range (27.8%).

When Artest began the season opener last week against Houston with eight points on three-for-15 shooting, I thought little of it because I saw plenty of hustle plays and quality work within the triangle offense and, really, it's just one game. When Artest scored 14 points on five-for-14 shooting against Phoenix, I overlooked some of the missed midrange jumpers because his three-for-eight clip from downtown looked pretty impressive. But when I saw him score only six points on two-for-11 shooting Sunday in the Lakers' 107-83 win over the Golden State Warriors, I started to wonder.

It's only three game, and I recognize there are 79 more to go, but I remain puzzled by Artest's diminished shooting touch because of his impressive preseason performances, and because he doesn't appear as lost in the triangle as he was last season. That's the main point he emphasized to me after the Lakers' win Sunday, but there's no doubt he wants to fix it, as indicated by his extra shooting following Monday's practice.

"When you see Ron over there practicing two-dribble step-back fadeaway jumpers from the elbow . . ." a reporter began to ask Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who then interrupted.

"Do I cringe?" Jackson asked, smiling. "Ron is an unusual shooter. He takes unusual shots. . . . Ron is a guy you gently lean toward coaching. You don't really push him in the pan and close the door."

"A lot of people have come through in bad shooting nights and come through in the big games," Artest said, and that certainly applied last season to Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and to Artest himself. "Come playoffs, if you shoot bad but you come through every round and hit big shots in big games. Everybody else is trying to make it out there and try to keep playing."

Artest is certainly correct in that respect, and I give him credit for refusing to allow missed shots to derail his confidence and hustle, particularly on the defensive end. But I found it still necessary to rewatch the tape against Golden State simply to get a better idea of what's ailing Artest thus far. Even if Artest isn't the main option on offense, he'll eventually have to correct those numbers when the stakes become higher. Below are the results after the jump.

First quarter, 6:38 - 6:34:With Lakers forward Lamar Odom manning the ball up top, Artest cut up toward the right block and received a pass. After Odom cut down to set a screen for him on Dorell Wright, Artest dribbled right and pulled up for a jumper along the free-throw line. Artest could've found Odom as he rolled to the basket against David Lee, but I don't exactly fault Artest for taking the shot. He was open and it was a good look. His form didn't look the greatest. Although Artest had great form and elevation, he wasn't completely squared up to the basket.

First quarter, 4:46 - 4:41:Odom penetrated baseline and fed Artest a quick pass out to the far corner. Artest looked completely balanced, but his well-timed shot hit off the front rim.

First quarter, 3:54 - 3:50: After Warriors forward Reggie Williams missed a top-of-the key three-point attempt, Artest grabbed the long rebound, drove the ball up the floor and settled for a near-side three-point try. This is one of those shots that Artest needs to avoid. There's plenty of time to set up the triangle and look for a better shot.

Third quarter, 9:00 - 8:40: Odom grabbed a rebound off Brandan Wright's missed three-point shot and brought the ball up the floor. He passed to Artest on the far side and Artest took a three-point shot since he had space on the break, but the ball hit the back rim. Even though Artest had an open look, he had passed up a chance to make an entry pass to Bryant in the post. Kobe didn't hold a grudge, though. After Pau Gasol grabbed the offensive rebound off Artest's miss and kicked the ball out to Bryant on the near side, Artest cut into the lane and posted up Lee, and Bryant then fed him an entry pass. Artest took one dribble and pulled up for a left-handed layup. Another good look for Artest, but he didn't angle himself properly.

Third quarter, 3:09 - 3:14: Golden State tried to use double teams to create a turnover. But the effort on both Bryant and Odom didn't work. Bryant fought through it by passing to Odom at the left block. Odom fought through by passing to Artest on the far corner. Instead of passing the ball back to Odom up top, Artest took a single dribble and pulled up for an off-balance three-point shot.

Fourth quarter, 11:10 - 11:06: After Matt Barnes fed an entry pass to Gasol in the far post, Barnes set a down screen on the other side for Artest, who curled around and received a pass from Gasol. Artest went in for the layup, but his poor angling toward the basket resulted in a missed shot. On the next play down, Artest passed up an open shot in the lane and fed the ball instead to Shannon Brown along the baseline before the Lakers restarted the offense.

Fourth quarter, 9:55 - 9:48: The following play epitomized team basketball. After grabbing a one-handed rebound, Brown  fired an outlet pass on the far side to Barnes, who one-timed it on the other side to Steve Blake, who then set up Artest in the middle of the paint. Artest laid it in for the basket.

Fourth quarter, 7:55 - 7:50:With Gasol posting up on the near side, he found Artest open a sliver below the free-throw line. He pulled up for a fall-away jumper, but the shot hit off the back rim. Artest could've driven the lane and at least created a double-team to open up an outside shot for someone else. Artest made up for it defensively on the next possession, however, swiping away Rodney Carney's pass and converting the fastbreak layup.

Fourth quarter, 7:02 - 6:58:After posting up Gasol on the far end, Blake set a down screen on  Wright, giving Artest open space to move to the far-side perimeter. Immediately after receiving the pass from Gasol, Artest fired a three-pointer. As soon as Artest missed the shot, Lakers announcer Joel Meyers remarked, "He's going to work his way out of it." Then analyst Stu Lantz answered, "You don't get out of your shooting slump by not shooting. You have to be more selective with your shots. The only way to get out of a shooting slump is to start making some shots."

What it means:Artest no longer stands idly in the corner, afraid that any movement will disrupt the triangle. He's no longer running around aimlessly, either, resulting in off-balance shots. While some of Artest's shots fall into the "Ron should never be taking these shots" category, most of the misses point to poor shooting mechanics, ranging from improper balance to lift and angle of the shot. That's something that can be easily corrected, although it can take time through repetition and comfort. The Lakers can manage it.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

Photo: Golden State guard Monta Ellis makes his way around Lakers forward Ron Artest during the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday. Credit: Lori Shepler/Associated Press

 
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The HEAT will win the NBA CHAMPIONSHIP 2010-11

Itruly believe that your boy RON RON has gotten off his MEDICATION, someone PLEASE call that doctor women.

GO HEAT

I am so in love with our bench...THE BAD BOYS...

Bad Boys...bad boys...what you gonna do when PJ calls for you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XEGBrA99E

Featuring: The Killer B's...

Matt 'Hitman' Barnes: Everything is harmonious on the court...
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ShanWOW Brown: Houston we have lift off...
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Steve BLaker: Will he take over the starting role...
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Sasha 'The Machine' Vujacic: Machine getting calibrated will be BIG...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EKkcGz4l1U

Luke 'PJ Jr.' Walton: Daddy loves you...not Bill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRtd4MJpzA

Theo 'Ratman' Ratliff: Jouneyman, experience and hard work...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOKDVXu-wYo

Derrick 'The Cleaner' Caracter: Everyone has high hopes for this young pup...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iViNn9Fy-B4

Devin 'Money' EBanks: Will he be money in the bank...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpbbuaIA3Ds

Of course the leader, when AB comes back...

Lamar 'Candyman' Odom: Making his own footprints this year...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbpXWCE981I

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

MM-The Blog COP, Dude your doing an EXCELLENT job. Can I be RCOTD?

OMG, Aussies in da house....


We need a good dose of Magic Phil's funky tonic imediately:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9HQb1hAJ2w

I recommend lots of booty shaking, that will bring us back to normal.

What's to dissect, Rons shooting has been off this year. He earned himself around a dozen games worth of goodwill with the post game 7 press conference alone plus another dozen with the clutch 3.

When it costs the Lakers a game, then we'll worry.

LEWSTRS- Dude you are WACKED, put down the JUG, or drop the CRACK PIPE.


Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

Your DREAMING...

LBJ will join the ranks of the HOFrs- Elgin Baylor, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley.

ron ron will be fine. he is a hard worker, he dosen't have that deer in the headlights look. if it's a matter of mechanics, he will do the work. one way to really determine how he's doing is to see how he moves that ball around. if it stops with him or goes to the weak side. speaking of weak side. justa hater, i would think that a patient's medication confidentiality remains with patient. he holds that right. also ron ron's therapist is a phd, not a medical doctor

p ang - The King will have his RING at season end.

I always get sucked in by the music posts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnR7VkEzFlE

and for the guitar players

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eDnZMCfwXk

p ang - LOL - that's cold - but hilarious, and oh so true.

lance - just starve the trolls. They'll eventually get bored and leave.


LEWSTRS - you're killing me man. KILLING me.


I love the love on the floor. Lakers are a real team! Artest's shots will fall.

Its his defense that is so much fun to watch! Usually, good defense just makes it look like poor offense, but with Ron, its soooo clear what he does out there. His hands are so fast my HD DVR can't show his steals.

lance from da' bronx - Just having a little fun, I love RON RON for what he stand for. He has his issuse, but we all do. I love the LakeShow as my second best team, and JellyBean is the second best player. But this is the Heat season, and were all going to WITNESS.

GOHEAT/ GO LAKESHOW

Justa- I was hoping to see your profile, Girl I know everybody is waiting see the beauty behind the screen.

I always get sucked in by the music posts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnR7VkEzFlE

Posted by: Mark G (Are the Playoffs here yet?) | November 02, 2010 at 04:50 PM
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Not in this one, sir....AWESOME!!!!! Oh, my Venice girl.....

MM,

You should remember that Ron is a career 42% shooter (40% in the playoffs). After a nice smoking start in the pre-season the law of averages made him go down but by season's end he should be close to what he averaged in the past shooting wise.

If only Ron could shoot more efficiently he would have been even better. But got to live with Ron's bad shooting games and his good shooting games.

MM how can you question the three point shooting of artest?

with his two daggers against pheonix 0.9sec and boston 1.03 at 73-76

Guys,

I think I made the context pretty clear. The Lakers are playing very well right now but just wanted to see what kind of things Ron needs to work at moving forward so it doesn't become a serious issue. It's not over reactionary.

Justa Hater - You kind of have to say an insightful comment to get that prestigious award lol

Justa Hater - I'm addressing you directly just this once.

Please do not direct comments at me or talk about me in your posts.

Thank you.

MM - by the way - you are doing a fabulous job. Just wanted to say that again, but it's quite obvious how hard you work to get us what we need to keep the jonesing at bay. Thank you very much.

Ron Artest post game interview pheonix game 5

"right now im missing layups and missing jumpers but im staying with it trying to stay focused you know just trying to play my part you know see what happens"

then they won another championship

Ron Artest post game interview pheonix game 5

"right now im missing layups and missing jumpers but im staying with it trying to stay focused you know just trying to play my part you know see what happens"

then they won another championship

London Laker - good one! Nothing like keeping it all in perspective.

phrederick - where you at?

Ron pretty much won game 7 for us, I can cut him some slack.

Mark G, you can say that agian.

MGeezy - you doing the triple post in honor of our impending 3-peat?

Jamf, has phred been MIA?

here's one for Phred.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sRddjzzLew

MM - "Justa Hater - You kind of have to say an insightful comment to get that prestigious award lol"

JH is faced!

And Ron is looking comfortable. He's always had the type of shot that comes and goes at times. He's been a scorer, not a shooter, and he's being asked to be more of a shooter in the Triangle. As you said MM (I paraphrase): no big thang.

Looking forward to Memphis and hope the Lakers don't have a hiccup in their focus.

MM,

You should remember that Ron is a career 42% shooter (40% in the playoffs). After a nice smoking start in the pre-season the law of averages made him go down but by season's end he should be close to what he averaged in the past shooting wise.

If only Ron could shoot more efficiently he would have been even better. But got to live with Ron's bad shooting games and his good shooting games.

Posted by: KB Blitz | November 02, 2010 at 05:13 PM
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When he shoots poorly, it never prevents him from hustling back to play defense. That's why he's here.

MM - by the way - you are doing a fabulous job. Just wanted to say that again, but it's quite obvious how hard you work to get us what we need to keep the jonesing at bay. Thank you very much.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 02, 2010 at 05:59 PM

_________________

I second that notion - BIG TIME!

ChicNstu - nice musical call!

Mark G, you can say that agian.

Posted by: ChicNstu | November 02, 2010 at 06:16 PM

ChicNStu,

Lol, apparently I did. I have no idea how that happened, happened, happened. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3t9htxbIAc

MGeezy - you doing the triple post in honor of our impending 3-peat?

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 02, 2010 at 06:16 PM

JUSTA!, uh, yeah, I'll buy that one.

LOL @ Billy Mac - he said we're gonna see The Flying Gasol Brothers tonight.

Mark - I was giving you the benefit of the doubt. I could have asked WTH is wrong with you???

:)


Mark - forgot to add: Help me help YOU.

Ok - Mike Bibby's dad (Henry - Grizz asst coach) just did his interview with Fox with a booger or something hanging from his nose. You'd think someone would have said something to him. Geez - it put me off my dinner.


Seriously - there should be a team official in charge of stuff like that.


Hey Henry - booger alert!

Hey Lamar - towel fuzz all over your beard.

Hey Kobe - chunks of deodorant under your left pit.


Stuff like that....


Oh - and lest we forget:


DUDE - pick that zit already. It's almost big enough to name.

ChicNstu - nice musical call!

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 02, 2010 at 06:20 PM
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AWESOME!!! BRASS CONSTRUCTION
That's what i call Density.

63 Footer, Magic Phil.- Glad you enjoyed. :)


I'm also not worried about Rons shooting at this time. We did bring him on-board for defensive purposes. Like others have mentioned, Ron showed his value in the playoffs and mostly in Finals game 7. RA seems comfortable ib the triangle and THAT is what's most important.. his shot will come.

PJ said Pau is his favorite player. He's never had anybody like him and it's a joy to have him around.


Watch out for Ricky posts.....

DUDE - pick that zit already. It's almost big enough to name.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 02, 2010 at 06:41 PM

LOL. just sleepy. i thought first it is addressed to JUSTA HATER. finally i got it. i never heard the expression before!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i can't stop laughing. thanks. it's my LMAOAROTF moment.

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JUSTA

my favorite ones (and one can find many) are the adds with male hands hoolding the product: but no manicure done and the dirt is UNDER. i'm wondering when the editors are choosing the image, don't they see it?

especially when it is larger than 1:1 in detail.


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