Film gets a bad review from Brian Shaw
Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw sat on the scorer’s table after practice Wednesday inside Amway Arena, his arms crossed, his jaw tight, his demeanor serious.
Shaw had watched film of the Lakers’ 108-104 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday and didn’t like what he saw.
The Magic made 75% of its shots at the half, 62.5% for the game, both NBA Finals records.
The Lakers still have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but Shaw was not happy.
“I’m mad today,” said Shaw, who is putting the Lakers’ game plan together for the Finals because he’s in charge of scouting the Magic. “I didn’t sleep well last night thinking about the game, thinking about some of the mistakes that we made in the game. We didn’t take away anything.
“We allowed them to get whatever they wanted. Who did we stop? They had five guys that had over 18 points and all five of them shot the ball well. So that’s like playing out there by yourself.”
The Magic made 81.3% of its shots in the second quarter, the second-highest for a quarter in the Finals.
Here are some things Shaw wants the Lakers to clean up for Game 4:
Take Orlando out
of its comfort zone
Dwight Howard (21 points on five-for-six shooting in Game 3) too easily rolled down the middle and got deep position. Guards Rafer Alston (20 points, eight for 12) and Mickael Pietrus (18 points, seven for 11) and forwards Rashard Lewis (18 points, eight for 14) and Hedo Turkoglu (18 points, seven for 12) all found their comfort spots.
“What did we take away from them?” Shaw asked.
Shaw said the Lakers can’t let the Magic feel comfortable on the court.
Take away middle penetration
Alston, Lewis, Turkoglu and even Pietrus got into the middle of the Lakers’ defense and caused problems.
The Lakers want to push the Magic’s ballhandlers to the sidelines and for their defenders to stay in front of their men.
Make the little plays
Shaw said there was no reason for the Lakers to make only 16 of 26 free throws.
He didn’t like when they’d miss a defensive rotation on occasion. The Lakers had untimely turnovers, such as the four in the fourth quarter, none bigger than Kobe Bryant’s with 28.7 seconds left and the Lakers trailing by two points.
“You can’t take anything away from Orlando. They shot the heck out of the ball,” Shaw said.
“But from our perspective, we played like we had a 2-0 lead in the series. We didn’t play with a sense of urgency.”
The Magic had to be happy on many fronts and probably want some of the same things to transpire in Game 4:
Good play from Alston
The point guard was aggressive from the start, scoring 11 points on four-for-four shooting in the first quarter.
Although the Orlando center had only six field goal attempts, he was 11 for 16 from the free-throw line.
Go to the basket
Lewis and Turkoglu must continue to attack the Lakers’ defense and not settle for three-pointers.