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Explaining why Kobe Bryant shouldn’t scare the Pistons that much tonight to ESPN’s Land O’ Lakers blog (also, the Pistons should totally be scared of Kobe Bryant)

Brian and Andrew Kamenetzky of the ESPN Los Angeles blog Land O’Lakers were kind enough to let me answer some Pistons-related questions about tonight’s game, including what the Pistons might do to defend Kobe Bryant:

LO’L: What do you expect as the approach for defending Kobe? I picture a lot of matchup issues beyond just the inherently difficult task of checking him.

PH: Is hopping in a time machine and fetching the Tayshaun Prince from the 2004 Finals out of the question? Honestly, I’m much less worried about how the Pistons defend Bryant than how they deal with Gasol/Bynum. Prince is still a serviceable, lanky defender who will bother Bryant’s shots with his length and Rodney Stuckey gives the Pistons a big, strong, fast guard capable of good defense when he plays motivated to change up the look they give Bryant. Other than Ben Wallace, who plays very limited minutes, the Pistons don’t have a single credible defensive player in the frontcourt who can remotely handle Gasol or Bynum. If Kobe feels like having a restful night, he can just feed the ball into his bigs for easy buckets and most likely win in a blowout. Now, Bryant can certainly destroy the Pistons’ defense too, but they stand a slightly better chance if he’s shooting a lot than if Gasol/Bynum are getting the bulk of the touches.

It’s not that I have much hope that the Pistons would be able to hold Bryant in check, but Bryant is capable of the occasional clunker. Hopefully, a road game in Detroit against a bad team makes for a Kobe who is content to volume shoot and not involve his bigs. That’s really the only shot the Pistons have. If Gasol/Bynum are getting tons of touches, this game could get out of hand quickly.

4 Comments

  • Mar 6, 20126:19 pm
    by labatts

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    Your such a hater!

  • Mar 6, 20126:25 pm
    by Sequals3

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    This article is spot on.  The only chance the Pistons have is if Kobe goes into 2006 mode and jacks up 25-30 shots AND shoots a poor percentage.  If he shoots 2006 numbers…40+ points on a decent %age, they are going to run away with this game.  Feeding Bynum and Pau is the smart move and should be done to give Kobe a restful evening.
     
    Go Lakers!

  • Mar 7, 20129:17 am
    by j johnson

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    so…bynum had 34 points and 14 rebounds and the pistons still won. almost everything in this prediction was wrong.

    • Mar 7, 20129:23 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      “Bryant can certainly destroy the Pistons’ defense too, but they stand a slightly better chance if he’s shooting a lot than if Gasol/Bynum are getting the bulk of the touches.”

      Uh … not really. I predicted that if Bryant was getting the bulk of the shots and not shooting well, the Pistons would have a chance to win. That’s kind of what happened, isn’t it?

      Bryant got 26 shots, making 8. Gasol/Bynum COMBINED only took 32 shots. Seriously … you get those guys each two more shots over the course of the game and the Lakers win.

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