834Re: [APBR_analysis] A few questions
- Apr 6, 2002--- HoopStudies <deano@...> wrote:
>Here are some numbers from Laker losses with Shaq in
> 2. Is there any team that can beat the Lakers in
> the playoffs?
> How? Hack-a-Shaq (which we haven't heard anything
> about this year)?
> Stop the Big Two or stop the peripheral players?
> Are there any
> characteristics in the wins against the Lakers
> during the regular
> season that are applicable to the playoffs?
the lineup (I only used those losses since it's
probably safe to assume the Lakers are toast without
the big guy):
In losses with Shaq in the lineup here are the ppg and
Kobe 23.0 .403
Fox 5.9 .378
Fisher 10.8 .355
Hunter 4.7 .368
George 4.5 .346
Horry 7.4 .393
Shaq 27.5 .542
all other games:
Kobe 26.1 .485
Fox 8.4 .435
Fisher 11.1 .422
Hunter 6.2 .388
George 4.5 .424
Horry 6.8 .404
Shaq 26.5 .588
This would seem to suggest that a team would want to a
least expend a little effort on guarding the
peripheral guys. I also get that impression watching
the Lakers. That players like Fisher, Fox and Horry
will kill a team if not watched closely enough. That's
a tall order when a team has both Shaq and Kobe to
account for to begin with. Someone mentioned a
defensive guy like Bowen being a key and I would agree
with that. If a team has a Bowen that can keep Kobe in
check, it makes everyone elses job easier. Ron Artest
dogged Kobe pretty well in the Bulls sweep of the
Lakers and, IIRC, Ruben Patterson handles him pretty
I also that teams beating the Shaq-led Lakers also
often had someone like Brevin Knight, Dean Garrett,
Marcus Fizer, Voshon Lenard or Ruben Patterson step
off the bench and have a career game. That never
hurts, but is probably something a playoff team won't
be able to count on.
>I thought the Spurs made somewhat of a statement
against the Lakers, even though they had that same old
gutless look about them at crunchtime of last Sunday's
game. They blew the Lakers out in SA and the Lakers
were lucky to get out of the Staples center with a win
in the rematch. At the very least that has to get the
The WC playoffs should be pretty darn good, though I
felt the same way last year at this time. There are
eight excellent teams, as opposed to the EC where it's
the eight teams that don't suck as much as the rest.
The Lakers have to be considered the favorites if Shaq
is good to go, but I don't think it's a given that
they're going to three-peat.
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