湖人观察:库兹马,不止得于分手

发布:STOKES 时间:2018-12-05 20:09 阅读:187 点击收藏

作者:Bill Oram
译者:Bill
校对:Lincoln&邦邦

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LOS ANGELES——周日的比赛湖人在第二节狂砍四十分,凯尔·库兹马指着卢克·沃顿并向篮筐点头,当时篮筐因泰森·钱德勒势大力沉的背扣还在摇晃。这个回合印证了二年级生库兹马的比赛形式的确发生了巧妙的变化。

詹姆斯在外线妙传库兹马后,这位首发锋线做了个投篮假动作并随即把球传给了篮下的钱德勒。所以他指向沃顿,使得教练不要忘记他这次助攻得分。

“他一直说我不传球的问题,”库兹马谈道。“所以我必须让他看到我的这次妙传。”

库兹马在新秀赛季便能展露头脚的原因在于,他在投篮时不惧一切的态度,场均仅出手13次便拿下了16.1分。随着休赛期詹姆斯的加盟,库兹马的队内角色必须作出调整。他必须让出手更合理,并且提升自己的外线投篮威胁和命中率。

在最近的几场比赛里,库兹马貌似完成了球队交给他的任务,沃顿表扬了他在防守和转移球方面的表现,认为他打出了乔·英格尔斯级别的表现。

“他几乎所有的工作都完成得很好,还送出了妙传,”沃顿评价库兹马道。“防守方面,他今天又取得了很好的效果。我们会让他从一打到五。”

在联盟里,成名就是一瞬间的事情。而库兹马正在尝试去打破这些根深蒂固的传统观念。

“我认为媒体会说我防守不好,”他说道。“但随着赛季的深入,你会注意到我每场比赛的表现都比上一场好。我一直在努力,我让自己变得全能,只想做超级球星在场上做的事情。”

库兹马正在尝试打得更有侵略性,不会像过去那样给进攻球员那么多空间。他也在和更多外线球员对位里学习并受益,向英格尔斯和步行者的博扬·波格丹诺维奇学习打挡拆。

在这之中,他正在学着去享受过程。

“我在很多时间里都打得很保守。”库兹马说道。“在前些场比赛里,我在尊重对手的前提下,努力增强自己的侵略性,在人群中脱颖而出。这些让我防守起来特别有激情。”

库兹马不会进化成布兰登·英格拉姆和朗佐·鲍尔那样子的球员。他还不会得到三双数据。他还是一位以得分为主的球员——但不仅只会得分。

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在周日湖人120:96战胜太阳队的比赛里,库兹马得到全队最高的23分的同时还抓下8个篮板,送出3次助攻和1个抢断1个盖帽。他的运动战投篮14中8。

“他会不允许别人把他定义为一个纯得分手,”詹姆斯说道。“我觉得他想要的远不止这些。他一直在变好,攻防两端都没落下。在打全面扎实的篮球时,他也有发起进攻的能力,有抢篮板卡位的能力。显然我们都知道他得分能力有多强。但是他自己想为球队和个人产生更大的影响。”

在目前的23场比赛里,库兹马的防守产出就已于上赛季持平,46.9%的命中率场均得到16.3分,三分球命中率掉到了30%以下(周日比赛里三分球8中3)。

比斯利模式

迈克尔·比斯利在赛季初的第一个月里并没有打上什么比赛。前19场比赛他只上场了4次,并且在此期间还因家庭健康原因离队。

刚开始大家都觉得魔术师约翰逊和罗伯特·佩林卡把29岁的比斯利这份一年350万合同忘在某个角落了。在前三场比赛里,比斯利逐渐获得了主力轮换出场时间,他在周日的比赛里,进攻端迎来大爆发(基于他的本赛季的标准)。

他在湖人首节比赛以21:31落后的情况下上场,快速得到5分并助攻英格拉姆命中三分球。在不到两分钟里,湖人一扫颓势并追平比分——多亏了在比斯利带领下打出的10:0的小高潮。

在比赛结束时,比斯利在13分钟的出场时间里得到了赛季新高的14分,出场时间也是赛季新高。

“我爱这场比赛,”比斯利说道。“不管我上不上场,累还是不累,我每天都会打球。我们很好地作出了回应。”

沃顿也肯定了比斯利的高光表现。

“他和第二阵容止住了颓势,然后我们慢慢夺回了主动权,这是比赛的一大转折点,”沃顿说道。“因为每晚都有人站出来,我们阵容深度不错并且每晚都打出新花样,现在的他在最近的比赛里打得很好,我也打算增加对他的使用。”

原文:

Is Kyle Kuzma evolving into more than a scorer? The Lakers think so

Bill Oram

LOS ANGELES – Kyle Kuzma pointed at Luke Walton and nodded toward the basket, which still quivered from Tyson Chandler’s reverse dunk amid the Lakers’ 40-point second quarter on Sunday. The play embodied a subtle evolution in Kuzma’s game in his second NBA season.

After LeBron James had slung a pass to Kuzma in the lane, the starting forward pump-faked before dumping the ball to Chandler for the jam. So he pointed at Walton to reinforce his point.

“He’s always talking about me not passing the ball,” Kuzma said. “So I had to make sure he saw that one.”

Kuzma emerged as a star during his rookie campaign thanks to a fearless attitude toward scoring, averaging 16.1 points while shooting 13 times per game. With the arrival of James in the offseason, Kuzma’s role was bound to change. He would have to be more judicious with his shots and also find ways to make an impact outside of scoring.

In recent games, he seems to have answered the call, earning praise from Walton for his defense on players such as Utah’s Joe Ingles as well as his ball movement.

“He is doing a nice job of, for the most part right now, making the extra pass,” Walton said of Kuzma.

“And defensively he was good again today. We’re putting him on guys that play the point guard. We’re putting him on guys that are centers.”

Reputations harden fast in the NBA. It’s difficult to break perceptions, but Kuzma is trying.

“I think the narrative is that I just don’t play defense,” he said. “But if you watched as the season really progressed, I’ve been getting better and better every single game. Making the effort. I just want to be a complete player and all great players do it on both ends.”

Kuzma has tried to be more aggressive, not giving players as much space as he used to. He also has benefited from matching up with more players on the perimeter, chasing the likes of Ingles and Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic through mazes of screens.

In the process, he has learned to love, well, the process.

“A lot of times, I’m really conservative,” Kuzma said. “And I give guys kind of too much respect and the past few games I’ve just been trying to be ultra-aggressive, getting up in guys. It’s really getting me amped up and excited to play defense.”

Kuzma is not about to evolve into the kind of player like fellow young teammates Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are. Triple-doubles aren’t exactly his game. He is still a scorer first – just not exclusively.

In the Lakers’ 120-96 win over Phoenix on Sunday, Kuzma scored a team-high 23 points while sprinkling in eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. He shot 8-for-14 from the field.

“He’s not allowing anybody to just put a cap on him just saying he’s a scorer,” James said. “I think he wants to be more than that. He’s been continuing to get better and better, not only offensively but defensively as well. Just playing all-around solid basketball. His ability to make plays. His ability to rebound as of late. Obviously, we know how well he can score. But he wants to make more of an impact for not only him individually but for this team.”

Through 23 games, Kuzma’s offensive numbers are on track with his output last season. He averages 16.3 points while shooting 46.9 percent. His 3-point percentage has dipped below 30 percent (he was just 3-of-8 from beyond the arc on Sunday).

Beas-Mode

Michael Beasley did not play meaningful minutes for the Lakers through the first month of the season. He appeared in only four of their first 19 games, although he spent part of that time away from the team due to a family health matter.

It was starting to feel as though the trust Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka put in the 29-year-old with a $3.5 million contract had been misplaced. After gradually earning rotation minutes over the previous three games, Beasley exploded offensively on Sunday (at least by his standards).

He entered the game with the Lakers trailing 31-21 after the first quarter and quickly scored five points and assisted on a 3-pointer to Ingram. In barely two minutes, the Lakers had erased the deficit and tied the game – thanks to a 10-0 run keyed by Beasley.

By the time the night concluded, Beasley scored a season-high 14 points in 13 minutes, his most of the season.

“I love the game,” Beasley said. “So whether I’m playing or not playing, tired or not, I play every day. We responded well.”

Walton made sure to highlight Beasley’s performance.

“What he and that second group did as far as cutting that off right then, and then we slowly started taking control again, was a huge turning point in that game,” Walton said. “We have a very deep team and different nights it’s going to be different guys, but as of right now he’s done a really nice job the last couple of games and I would expect to play him in the future.”

  

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