Lakers v. Warriors (Preseason)
Kobe was Kobe...
Andrew Bynum was dominate, as a post scorer and rebounder. Biedrins was simply not an answer, he was too weak.
Ron Artest looked great, he'll fit right in with them and make them tougher as expected. He made his shots for the most part, rebounded and made alot of nice passes. And he put the clamps on Stephen Jackson, and made Maggette work for his baskets.
Pau played the same way he usually does, with a few nice finesse moves and passes.
Shannon Brown quietly outplayed Farmar and Fisher, and (as I've said before) should be the starter for LA. The perfect PG for the triangle. The offense masks all of his weaknesses (ball handling and driving and dish), and he knocks down all open shots and will dunk on you when he slashes.
Farmar looked explosive as usual, and is a great slasher. But he still isn't much of a defender or playmaker for otthers. And he isn't a confident shooter yet either. I think they should trade him, as he would be a better fit in another offense.
Odom played OK, but he needs to stop trying to be a PG all the time. He is turnover prone when he tries to lead in transition. Still a Swiss army knife though.
Adam Morrison, Luke Walton and Vujacic weren't any more impressive than they were last year honestly, which is not a good look. Morrison and Walton looked invisible out there.
Anthony Morrow is a great scorer, that jumper is cash. From mid-range or 3-point. They need to play him much more than Curry, and try to get him legit starter minutes.
Steph Curry isn't that good guys. He's smart but he's limited in the NBA by his physical ability, especially on D. He didn't even shoot or pass good today. He forced alot of shots, and he has a hard time getting to the rim because of his frame.
Anthony Randolph is going to be good this year, but he will probably have the true breakthrough in 2010-2011. He's a good rebounder and he gets to the rim easily. Even ran a little PG some of the game, partly because Curry was so ineffective. He is still weak, and gets caught in screens on D. But his future is clearly bright and he'll be a standout this year.
Stephen Jackson was harassed by Artest. He played bad. Artest at his finest, hounding his assignment.
Corey Maggette played better against Artest, but he plays 1-on-5 too much. He plays no D.
Acie Law actually played good and forced alot of fouls. I don't think he'll get alot PT though.
Biedrins was Ok, he still isn't good on offense. He provides boards and blocks, but Bynum overpowered him and Gasol finessed him to death man-to-man in the post. He needs weight, but he hasn't ever put it on so I give up on that.
I watched the whole game. I agree with everything you said except 2 things:
Farmar looked better to me at pg then Brown. Brown hit his shots and slashed and played D, but Farmar had numerous plays where he broke down the defense and set guys up for open looks. He scored and had 6 assits. When Brown was at pg, that is when they usually had either Odom play the point(1st half) or the team was stagnant on offense(last few minutes when Farmar sat). Don't get me wrong, I think Brown will be a big impact, but Farmar is better.
the other thing is you called out Vujacic. He only played 6 minutes and his jumper looked cash, he was 3 for 4 and looked very confident considering the few minutes.
for the warriors, i agree with you. Curry got off to a hot start, but he couldn't beat guys off the dribble which led to him picking up his dribble and being unable to create for his teammates. Eventually, his head look shook and he stopped being aggressive and stopped taking shots. He does have a beautiful stroke, but his skills are more of a off the bench scorer very similar to his dad actually.
And Don Nelson used the game to really play his guys, both Randolph and Curry played 40+ minutes, right down to the very end. Jackson looked awful out there, good luck for GState finding someone to take on his contract if he keeps that up.
I could see why you would say Farmar played better, so I wont argue that. In my opinion Brown showed good ability this game and made more steady plays so that's why I saw he outperformed Farmar. But I sse where it comes from definitely.
And yes, I thought the same thing about Jckson. You can't demand a trade if you keep playing like you are dude...maybe Artest just completely took him out his element and it was an off-game. I hope at least.
Lakers it would seem will have not trouble playing with Artest and Bynum did look nice but I did not get to see the game but that is what the highlights and box scores showed
i love them..they both need at least 30minutes, and (sorry Steph) if you like to say Curry is stud then I don't know how to name this kids?
i saw the game as well as all the other games and i have to say my lakers look great(i knew they would) and artest looked good in the offense which i had no doubt. .iggy you made a good assesment though i cant agree with the curry thing because he didnt play that bad the last game but not as good this game but you say he isnt that good. if thats the case the same thing should be said about randolph because he didnt play well last game but played much better this game. i dont know what curry will be but im thinking he will look worst then he is because of the glut at the guards spot will mean he wont get to play awhole lot alot like beasley (even though he didnt have a glut at his position)
Nelson likes Curry and unlike a lot of people on that team he is a good passer and unselfish player. Curry will get at least 20 minutes to grow as a player. I have seen Curry play enough on highlights to see what his problem is. Once it all clicks for him watch out. he has already shown in spurts that he can get his shot off and he can create for others. He will need to work on Defense and setting up the defense so he can get drives to the basket so he can get to the free throw line where he is automatic