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Phil Jackson impressed with Steve Blake's three-point shooting

In what often becomes a signature play between Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the two ran a high screen and roll only to see Toronto's defenders lock down on both of him. No worries. After Bryant drove into the lane, he fired a pass to the far corner where Lakers guard Steve Blake knocked down a three-pointer.

A similar sequence happened a few players earlier, and Blake's hot shooting in the Lakers' 108-103 victory Friday over the Toronto Raptors resulted in a 14-point performance his four of six field goal clip all came from behind the three-point line. In a line Lakers Coach Phil Jackson described as "adequate," Blake's gone 12 of 23 (52.2%) from three-point range in the team's first six games, a mark entering the Lakers game tonight at Staples Center against Portland that ranks 13th in the NBA.

"You're playing with guys who get double teams, you're going to be open sometimes," Blake said. "I happened to get open four straight times and I knocked them down. There's going to be times where I get hot and they stand a little bit closer and the other guys will do their thing. It will be in the rhythm of an offense."

It wasn't a role the Lakers exactly expected him to fulfill considering they wanted him primarily for his playmaking abilities, which stemmed from stints where he worked with Washington's Gilbert Arenas (2003-2005), Portland's Brandon Roy (2005-06, 2007-2010) and Denver's Carmelo Anthony (2006-2007). It's also a role Jackson didn't see Blake excelling in at the University of Maryland, though he shot 34.4% from three-point range during the 2001-02 season and 41.6% the following year. But Blake's strong three-point shooting seems to be an added bonus considering the team's poor mark last season. And though Jackson still prefers his team to play inside-out, the Lakers' depleting front-line in Andrew Bynum's absence, heavy minutes to Gasol (38.5 minutes) and Lamar Odom (35.7 minutes), Derrick Caracter's inexperience and Theo Ratliff's immobility, strong outside shooting will surely come in handy.

"I like to consider myself still a playmaker but it's a different type of role in this offense," Blake said. "In the NBA, you start to play with better players. You want the ball in their hands."

--Mark Medina

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Steve Blake: ""In the NBA, you start to play with better players. You want the ball in their hands."
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Not to diss Farmar, but this is exactly the difference between a competent, tailor-made-to-the-triangle PG and what the Lakers had last year. Not only that, but Blake can actually make shots.

Blake gets it, thank goodness Mitch 'got it' too and brought him aboard...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Blakerize the blazerizers

@MM… Thanks for the Friedman. Must have been a slow day. LOL! Love how you’ve gotten more and more comfortable with stating your highly respected opinion. Too often blog moderators try to walk the middle so much that when they do stake out a position, they don’t have the credibility. You do a great job balancing being the moderator as well as a journalist who knows his stuff and is not afraid to speak up. Thanks also to Lewsters, Jefe101, Mclyne, Mamba, JAMF, and others for your congratulations. Best of all, our RCOD namesake himself is back home, recovering, and ready to rock-and-roll for another 3-peat.
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@CCX… Thanks for the kind words. Glad to see you’ve gotten your home back from the in-law. Let me tell you though that vacations are nothing. What you have to worry about is whether the in-law has properly arranged their own retirement plans. In our case, we ended up with Mrs. LakerTom’s mother living 5 of her last 7 years alive in our home until it got so bad we had to move her where she could get 24/7 care. Believe me, those were the toughest days of both my and Mrs. LakerTom’s lives. The BEST legacy we can leave our children is to not burden them when we can no longer take care of ourselves.
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TOM

I expected Blake to be a significant upgrade over Jordan and he hasn't disappointed. In fact, depending on matchups and Fish's health, he may log a majority of minutes at PG on a given night.

And big congrats to LakerTom on RCOTD. Andrew is the defensive anchor so long as he's able to get on the floor.

But defense, shmefense. We're 6-0 with 76 to go. 82-0 Bandwagon still in full effect.

Luke comments are officially set to off.

what an addition...Blake and Barnes both...

does Sasha call Blake the machine?

LakerTom -

I'm a bit late to the party, but congrats on the RCOTD! That was an excellent way to put things. I just hope Andrew takes as long as he needs to make sure that his knee is fully ready to go.

What I love about Blake is that he truly breeds a synergy on the court. He improves his teammates and you can't ask for better than that.
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Even Kobe. Watch Blake actually inspires Kobe's creativity as a passer. Kobe's so competitive that he's not going to allow someone else to be a better passer than he, and Blake is one hell of a fine passer.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

LakerTom: "What you have to worry about is whether the in-law has properly arranged their own retirement plans. In our case, we ended up with Mrs. LakerTom’s mother living 5 of her last 7 years alive in our home until it got so bad we had to move her where she could get 24/7 care. Believe me, those were the toughest days of both my and Mrs. LakerTom’s lives. The BEST legacy we can leave our children is to not burden them when we can no longer take care of ourselves. "
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That is so true. In this case I think that we will be safe from the in-law's moving in, since my wife has a sister back east that is closer to the parents and seems to be more caring of them. I know that the father-in-law who was just in has stated he wanted nothing to do with my wife taking care of him in the future, joking about his fear that she'd tie him to a chair, put him in a closet and leave him there (probably only half joking, lol).

It sounds like having the mother-in-law live with your family was a tremendous burden. My grandparents (mothers parents) lived a block away for nearly 40 years since they immigrated from Cuba in the early '60s. I think that it was a lot easier to for my parents handle than your situation since there was some separation, until the final few years after my grandfather passed and my grandmother lived with us. At that point she had daily visits from a nurse that tended to most of her needs outside of food.

Although you had a rough few years, you and your wife can be proud that you bravely shouldered that burden placed on your laps. A lot of families in this country simply put the elderly into convalescent homes, where sadly they are mostly neglected.

Speaking of which, hope your wife is doing well in her knee recovery.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@CCX… LOL, Mike. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. I told Mrs. LakerTom that if by some weird fluke of life it looked like I was going to be a burden on anybody to just take me out in the back yard and shoot me. No way I’m going to end up in a nursing home. Much rather go like my dentist did riding his mountain bike down from Mt. Tam rather than wasting away in some bed in some home. I’m a big advocate on allowing people to have control over when to chalk it all up. Quality of life over quantity of live any day. Seriously, I ain’t going out like my mother-in-law. Rather pull the trigger myself. Fortunately, my genes are good and my dad just celebrated his 95th birthday so I figure another 30 years of blogging before I pass the baton. LOL. Big question now is whether to try and teach my 5th grade CYO team the Triangle Offense. JK. Going for the UCLA 1-3-1 offense which will be considerably simpler.
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TOM

I love my boy Steve BLaker...

So far he is living up to expectations...I knew he would acclimate fast, just like Gasol...like peas and carrots Forrest...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Lew - apparently the triangle is difficult to pick up. That is unless your name is Kobe or Pau or now Blake.

@LakerTom - congrats on RCOTD.

@Mamba - thanks for the morning roll call as usual.

Lot of great musical selections.
@Lew - the Clash...yes sir!
@63 Footer - an Elvin Bishop sighting...cool.
@Zaira - Thanks for the intro to Tiesto

I'm expecting a comfortable win tonight. The Lakers should come out with a little more fire after the poor showing vs. Toronto. Plus, Portland is playing a back to back & third game in four nights...not exactly the best case scenario for a 36yr old Camby.

Artest vs Roy should be a treat to watch. Also, it'll be fun watching Batum defending Kobe. He's been playing well for the Blazers now that's he's getting the bulk of the minutes at SF. Hopefully, Blakey won't try to do too much against his former team.

Blake shooting 52% from 3pt land. That is all-worldly. However, I'm surprised PJ didn't expect him to be a good 3pt shooter. He shot 41% from 3pt land the last three seasons, his career avg is 39% and he gets more open looks with the Lakers.

Shannon's 3pt shooting, now that's the biggest surprise. He's shot 33% last year and 34% for his career. However, he's currently shooting 53%. Shan-Wow.

LRob you made me laugh when you said shan wow nice one lol

I don't get this "article". Steve Blake ranks 40th overall in career 3pt field goal percentage, right behind Reggie Miller, with a 0.394% mark.
Why would you NOT expect him to knock down open threes in the triangle next to Kobe and Gasol?
Bizarre...

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. I told Mrs. LakerTom that if by some weird fluke of life it looked like I was going to be a burden on anybody to just take me out in the back yard and shoot me. - LakerTom

~~That's your nature of being considerate person but if a weird fluke of life (I hope note!) happens to you, that's when you should have the GHF approach ont he importance of life, a hope of a better tomorrow in any state. Only your creator can take back the life given to you. If you ask Mrs. LT to shoot you at the backyard there are two possibilities that would happen here: 1. She goes to jail for the charge of murdering her worthless husband (no mercy killing for GHF'ers lol); 2. She could not collect your life insurance because of the crime committed (double jeopardy). I have another idea my friend for Mrs. LT - how about if she whispers to your ears before you sleep that Bynum will be traded soon every night, then that would accelerate that weird fluke of life. haha lol!

I don't get this "article". Steve Blake ranks 40th overall in career 3pt field goal percentage, right behind Reggie Miller, with a 0.394% mark.
Why would you NOT expect him to knock down open threes in the triangle next to Kobe and Gasol?
Bizarre...

Posted by: McCool | November 07, 2010 at 05:37 PM
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Phil is a master at managing expectation from media, fans and from the players themselves... He does not want to place more pressure on what Blake already is having... my 2 cents... it's not Bizarre at all... I call it brilliance...


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