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Monday, March 06, 2006

Some crow with your haterade, sir?

Okay, I've been a bit of a hater with Kobe Bryant this season, so when his team beats my team, I have to eat it. That haterade tasted nasty when I watched a tape of the fourth quarter on Sunday morning. I taped the rest of the game because I went to bed midway through the third quarter. Why? Bill Laimbeer (arrogantly) said the Pistons already had the game.

Apparently, the guys in the blue jerseys heard that, too. During a six-minute stretch between the third and fourth quarters, the Pistons went cold, while the Lakers ran off 18 unanswered points. Oops. Detroit went on to lose the game, 105-94.

Detroit Bad Boys broke down the 18-0 stretch in painful detail. And while looking at each of the shots the Pistons missed in those six minutes, one of the major reasons for Detroit's recent struggles is glaringly obvious. They're settling for too many jump shots.

And here's the part that had me roasting crow for dinner last night. Kobe Bryant, despite scoring 40 points in the game, didn't notch a single point during that run. His teammates, the players whose primary role seemed to be standing around to watch Kobe shoot, scored those 18 points (led by Lamar Odom's nine). How about them apples?

So today, I'm still munching on crow. Considering it came from the Kobe Lovers Club, I probably should've had someone else taste it first.

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  • At March 06, 2006 7:38 PM, Blogger Big Al said…

    Just remember, one game does not signify a trend. Yes, Kobe played a nice all around game. But it's the exception, not the rule...

    Big Al, charter member of "The Kobe Haters Club"

  • At March 06, 2006 9:28 PM, Anonymous Evan said…

    Detroit settling for jump shots matters ONLY if they continue to do it in the playoffs. The Pistons seem content to play that way and, frankly, be a little lazy on defense most of the time because they know they can.

    If they crank it up come playoffs, no one will care, right?


  • At March 07, 2006 10:22 AM, Blogger Ian C. said…

    Evan, that's true. But I think people are worried that they'll settle into bad habits. When the Pistons lost games last year, it seemed to be because they (RASHEED!) were settling for jump shots that weren't going in.

    But yes, they'll be fine if they don't bring such tendencies into the playoffs. And they probably won't. I think they're just getting bored right now.


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