Until the Lakers resolve their core issue, there is no reason for me to care whether or not the Lakers win. All I care about now is that Lin gets his stats night in and night out. The moment BS took Lin out late in the 4th quarter, I almost wanted the Lakers to lose in order to teach BS a lesson (even though he won’t learn it anyway). Man, how does Lin get stuck with the dumbest and most stubborn coaches?
BS got exactly what he deserved for his insane benching of Lin for Wayne Ellington late in the 4th. Lin checked in at the 6:12 minute mark in the 4th (way too late, as usual) and got substituted out at the 3:45 minute mark. So Lin ended up playing only 2:27 minutes in the 4th quarter. How do you explain playing your best player of the night only 2:27 minutes in the 4th quarter? That move made absolutely no sense. Even the argument that he wanted someone longer to defend Lavine is misguided, because Lin was defending Mo Williams, anyhow.
The only reason for benching Lin in the 4th is that BS is an idiot and he wanted that stretch to be the Kobe ONLY show and so he didn’t want Lin in there to take the ball away from Kobe. And for that inane strategy, BS got exactly what he deserved. Kobe misses two very critical free throws at the line and misses a wide open three at the end of the game. Can you imagine the outrage that would ensue if Lin were to do what Kobe did?
Once again, BS’s Kobe iso strategy failed, as usual. And, once again, BS isn’t going to learn anything from this. So for my own sanity, I’m not going to care about the results of Lakers game until they fix the core issue. It wasn’t just tonight that BS waits too long to check Lin back in in the 4th. He has done this in EVERY game. He waits way too long to check Lin back in in the 2nd and 4th quarters and this is THE BIGGEST MISTAKE BS is making, among a long list of mistakes. Since BS refuses to fix this core issue, there’s really no reason for me to get worked up over Lakers’s losses. All that matters from now on is that Lin is able to get good numbers during the limited time that he is allowed to play. I do expect the Lakers to start winning games due to having a much easier schedule, but don’t be fooled into thinking that the Lakers have resolved anything until they fix their core issue. I know fans and the media are going to start feeling good once the Lakers start winning, but until the Lakers fix their core issue (i.e, their mismanagement of Lin’s and Kobe’s minutes), nothing else matters in Lakerland. Don’t lose sight of the big picture!
Tonight, Lin was excellent. He was the best Lakers. Lin had a double-double with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 11 assists and 4 steals. Even though Lin was the best Lakers, he played ONLY 29.5 minutes. This is THE BIGGEST REASON why the Lakers have been losing and it’s insane that no one in the media is even talking about this and I’m sure BS is completely oblivious to this.
It’s really very simple, increase Lin’s minutes and usage and decrease Kobe’s minutes and usage and Lakers will win a ton MORE games. This is not difficult, folks! Unless the Lakers start doing that, I could care less whether or not they lose. So tonight, I am not pissed that they lost to a team they should have easily defeated. I’m just glad that Lin managed to sneak in 18 points and 11 assists (and 15 shot attempts) with less than 30 minutes of playing time. Lets hope Lin continues to play the way he has been, because he’s been doing a lot of things that I’ve been wanting him to do. Lin has been looking very good so far, so I’m content.