The Lakers ‘Possession Deficit’ Continues in Phoenix

Goran Dragic playing with the Phoenix Suns
Goran Dragic giving the Lakers back-court problems (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lakers terrible loss in Phoenix last night highlighted the continuing possession deficit issue the team has.

Phoenix took 5 more shots from the floor than LA while committing 8 fewer turnovers than the Lakers.  Goran Dragic played ball control captain very well. The point guard dished 8 assists had 3 steals and only 2 turnovers.

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined for 10 turnovers.

As usual LA dominated the glass as Dwight Howard hauled in 14 rebounds.

Same Lakers story different city.

Another Lakers Victory, Same Old Problem

Earl Clark Is Coming Into His Own in LA (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Earl Clark Is Coming Into His Own in LA (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The Los Angeles Lakers win over the Hornets last night was another example of their ordinary performance.

LA dominated New Orleans on the glass out-rebounding them 50-37.  LA also made 2 more free throws than the Hornets while shooting a sparkling 57% eFG.  On the flip side, the Lakers turnover deficit problem continued against the visitors (-5 turns).

This time Dwight Howard played his best position of All-Pro free safety intercepting 5 passes and knocking down 4 shots on the night.  Ironically the offensive star of the game Earl Clark led the Lakers turnover woes with 6 mishandles.

Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez had the run of the Staples Center dishing out 15 assists and committing just one turnover.

The Lakers have the talent to win playoff series but in order to win games night-after-night while losing the turnover battle D’Antoni’s boys have to play perfect ball.

Exactly 1000 Games Played

Two players in NBA history have played exactly 1000 career regular season games.

One is current Dallas Mavericks starting forward Shawn Marion, the other is former is sharpshooter Glen Rice.

Tale of the Tape 

Marion

Rice

6’7″

Height

6’7″

220

Weight

215

9th

Draft Pick

4th

1999

Draft Year

1989

0.51

eFG%

0.51

1.2

AST/TOV

1.2

16

PPG

18

9176

REB

4387

2741

STL + BLK

1223

 

The Lakers Problem You Haven’t Read About

Metta World Peace tries to deflect the pass from Paul Pierce.JPG
Metta has been LA’s Savior on Defense (Photo: Lakers Topbuzz)

The Lakers big home win over OKC yesterday was proof that their Big 5 can play great basketball together.  The key to the win for LA was their lockdown D on Russell Westbrook.  The Thunder lead guard missed 16 shots, committed 4 turnovers and 5 fouls.  He made just 4 free throws in 39 minutes.  Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant deserve a lot of credit for stepping up on defense.

As usual the Lakers shot and rebounded well but lost the turnover battle (-4) as Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combined for 6 turns.  I dissected this trend in a new article available at Hoops Habit.

Read the full story here.

Love Me Some DeMarre Carroll

The Utah Jazz 10th man is 26 year old, small forward DeMarre Carroll.

Per 36 minutes played this year Carroll averages:

  • 12 points
  • 7 rebounds
  • 2 steals

On/Off loves Carroll as well.  In limited time the versatile forward has been worth +10 points/100 possessions for the Jazz.  This is the best figure on the team.

His 16 PER is 5 points ahead of starting SF Marvin Williams.

Not too bad for a guy earning $900k this season.

The Gasol’s Head-to-Head, Not So Close

Despite the Memphis Grizzlies big win yesterday over the Lakers the bragging rights in the Gasol family have not changed hands.  Pau Gasol has won 9 of 15 games against Marc Gasol while outscoring and shooting much better than kid bro.

Here are their performances in head-to-head match-ups:

Player

G

W

L

MP

FG%

TRB

BLK

PF

PTS

Pau Gasol

15

9

6

35.3

.472

9.9

1.4

1.9

14.7

Marc Gasol

15

6

9

35.6

.413

9.0

1.8

3.5

10.5

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2013.

Pau got a 4 1/2 year head start on brother Marc so the younger Gasol has plenty of opportunity to catch up but for now the belt still belongs to Pau.