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NBA Playoffs 2020: Los Angeles Lakers expose Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook’s serious shooting problems

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September 8, 2020 10:31 am

Los Angeles Lakers expose Houston Rockets

It is the terrible cover sheet for a Russell Westbrook whose match with Houston Rockets has always been problematic. Now in the Playoffs, even more so.

The experiment of bringing Russell Westbrook and James Harden together has been in question since the handover became known. Westbrook’s match with La Barba is at least complicated because of the severe problems with the triple play of the first. Taking the ball out of his hands is synonymous with the defences floating.

The Los Angeles Lakers star couple shone in this Game 2 to equal the series. Both worked, the collective defence was very active, and they were able to run. The threesomes came in, and the defensive approach worked (117-109). The Angelinos set the stage for the next games.
LeBron James was one assist away from the triple-double and completed 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists with 10 out of 17 shots. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis went to 34 points and ten rebounds with 15 of 24 with much more weight on offence.

However, the Houston Rockets completed a remarkable offensive performance that allowed them to overcome a 21-point deficit. James Harden scored 27 points, seven assists and an efficient 6 out of 12 in shooting, but threw much less than usual due to the double marks of the Laker defence. Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, Robert Covington and Danuel House combined for 17 out of 33 in three-pointers (51.5%).

What was the problem? Russell Westbrook. Or instead, how did Frank Vogel’s defence set out to expose the base’s issues in the Houston system? It’s also important to note that the ground comes from suffering from different physical problems and. Although from the franchise they pointed out that it’s better than ever, it certainly doesn’t seem that way.

Harden is nominally an escort, although he is one of the NBA’s greatest game kneaders. The positions give way to the functions, and there Harden is not an escort. He is the creator and finisher par excellence of Houston. The team’s game, measured and analyzed to the millimetre, is born from the Beard’s boat. What does the change from Chris Paul to Russell Westbrook mean?

When Harden has the ball, the defence tends to float to Westbrook, blurring the perfect spacing they have with the micro ball. And when Westbrook has the ball, which has to happen to minimize space issues. You’re taking the ball away from your best player. What good is it to transfer your centre (Clint Capela) looking to play with five open if your star’s squad is one of the worst since the triple? And what’s worse, he doesn’t hesitate to keep on throwing despite his lousy percentages. His decision making has always been in question. It’s pure chaos.

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