Points in the Paint

» November 9, 2009 4:13 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:  “One simple explanation for Bryant’s burst of points (other than the fact that he’s the world’s best player) is the convergence of two things: he spent much of his offseason working on his post game, and the block is wide open for his use with Bynum and Gasol in street clothes. After the game, Bryant was asked how much of his offseason workouts focused on his low post game. ‘More than usual,’ he said. ‘I always concentrate on it, but more than usual.’ Not a shocker. By the way, ceding the block to either seven-footer when they return isn’t exactly the plan. ‘They know I eat first,’ said the Finals MVP. In other words, this isn’t just a temporary experiment.”
  • Kurt at FB&G:  “This season, 36% of Kobe’s shot attempts have come out of the post. Last season that was 14%.”
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:  “Stoudemire, who turns 27 next week, is banking on two things: The Suns getting back to the playoffs and him being a major reason for it. If that’s going to happen, he knows he must prove that his health is no longer an issue. The two dirtiest words in any contract negotiation are ‘microfracture surgery,’ but that wasn’t the issue for Stoudemire this past summer. It was a grueling recovery from multiple operations to repair a detached retina, plus the fact that any team would be understandably hesitant to commit 30 percent of its cap space to a big man who has been a poor/disinterested defender throughout his eight-year career. Stung by the no-defense stigma, Stoudemire said he has been working on improving that aspect of his game for three years, though he admitted sarcastically, ‘It’s probably hard to tell.’ Gentry recently said that Stoudemire has probably drawn more charges already this season (including preseason) than he did all of last year.”
  • John Krolik of the always excellent Cavs: The Blog, dissects Cleveland’s early returns at 82games.com. A highlight:  “When Shaq is on the floor, the Cavaliers are -0.5 points per 100 possessions. When Shaq is off the floor, the Cavaliers are +10.3 points per 100 possessions. This has become ridiculous. Shaq is not working in his current role. It’s that simple.”
  • Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:  “The Pistons are last in the NBA in assists per game at 14.4 with Stuckey averaging 3.7 and Bynum 4.1. Some of that is the Pistons doing their best to control the tempo while they’re shorthanded and some of it is an inordinate number of one-on-one possessions to take advantage of the strengths of Stuckey, Bynum and Gordon to create their own offense. ‘I just think whoever gets the ball, we’re just attacking because we see something,’ Stuckey said. ‘Part of it is our offense and some of it is we see we can attack, so we just do it.’ ‘It’s a learning process,’ Bynum said. ‘In due time, our assist numbers will definitely go up. We just have to learn to play with the guys. And, you know, we’ve got some incredible one-on-one players – that’s probably it, too.’ ‘We don’t have selfish players,’ Kuester said. ‘That’s the one thing I will say straight out. We’ve got guys who want to make plays and are trying to help each other out. We would like to get better in that area, no question. But we’re not selfish, that’s for sure.’”

One Response to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Tsunami Says:

    I’m surprised you like Cavs: the blog.

    99% of the stuff Krolik thinks I tend to agree with. At one point last year when I was still writing stuff for FoxSports I remember getting jealous that he was getting all this attention on TrueHoop when I had been saying the same things for months on Fox. He’s one of the few people that seems to understand the Cavs, so I’m glad he’s getting some attention.

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