近期屡次末节崩盘,湖人必要寻求答案

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作者:Kyle Goon
译者:LKH
校对:Shiro&邦邦

在缺少勒布朗·詹姆斯的情况下,湖人已经在过去的五场比赛中末节崩盘。之后,他们将要客场挑战森林狼(译者注:本文发布于与森林狼比赛之前)。

在以112-119不敌尼克斯的赛后,布兰登·英格拉姆在回答到第四个问题,关于关键的第四节比赛时,他简单地描述了那场比赛。

他知道媒体都对湖人(21胜18负)在最后一节被打出了33-20很感兴趣,但他也觉得还有其他事情要说。
“我不认为所有问题都在于第四节,”他说。“我认为有时在防守端我们会失去注意力;有时我自己会失去注意力;有时是罚球不中;有时是一些其他问题。所以我在第四节没有做的很好。

在某种程度上,英格拉姆说对了。要知道,湖人有17次失误,送给对手41次罚球,达到本赛季新高。这也是在近13场比赛中,他们的罚球命中率第一次达到75%,但他们还是希望这个数字能够更高。这些问题不仅仅局限于星期五比赛失利的某一阶段。

然而这些数据——以及湖人在过去五场没有勒布朗·詹姆斯的比赛中末节的表现——值得特别关注。
由于湖人在这段时间内战绩为1胜4负,他们在第四节的净评级是NBA倒数第一。用外行的话来说:在每100次进攻中,湖人在末节得分比对手低24.6分。在过去五场比赛中,他们在第四节的平均得分(23.0分)比其他任何一节要低5分。

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湖人在第四节难以发挥进攻能力,而在没有勒布朗·詹姆斯的情况下,这已经成为了一个棘手且严峻的问题。卢克·沃顿表示,在那段时间里,球的移动时常被中断,节奏也变慢了——这两个致命的失误让湖人在没有詹姆斯、隆多和库兹马的情况下付出了更大的代价。

“投篮并不总是会进,”沃顿说,“即使是一支很好的投篮球队也会有手凉的时候。但我们可以控制某些我们今晚做的不好的事情,我们没有让自己拥有一个好的机会可以去赢球。”

湖人队剩下的两名主力持球手都有明显的失误。其中一个是朗佐·鲍尔在最后一分钟有两次失误,包括罕见的发球五秒违例失误。沃顿之后表示他要为这个失误负责,他说这场比赛需要更快地跑动,他也会更好地和他的球员交流。

英格拉姆也错过了他的最后三次投篮,一次运球出线失误,处理球有点青涩。沃顿并没有指出这次失误,但他承认英格拉姆在第四节的控球不如之前多。

湖人队在最后一节送给对方20次罚球,而尼克斯队进了16次,这并没有起到帮助。这使得球队的转换进攻变得很困难。湖人也浪费了他们在第三节的另一次强势进攻,其中贾维尔·麦基和伊维察·祖巴茨9投8中,得到16分。

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麦基在剩下的比赛中只有两次投篮,而泰森·钱德勒和祖巴茨都没有在第四节投篮。麦基表示他认为说出自己需要更多持球是“自私的”,但他似乎也对湖人浪费掉上半场帮助他们拉回分差的表现感到沮丧。

“我认为我们只是没有在比赛中将有帮助的东西坚持到底,”他说:“不一定是我和祖巴茨,有很多东西在起作用。我和祖巴茨命中了几次投篮,我们有一些连续得分的机会。我们本可以做很多事情,进行很多进攻。但我们并没有那样做。”

很难从很多关键的老将那里得出赢球的答案,但是湖人知道他们必须做出回应:败给一支弱队使他们在西部联盟积分榜上很难保持下去,而现在他们已经处在进入季后赛的季后赛边缘了。

“在西部每场比赛都很重要,”鲍尔说,“另外,我们一直在以同样的方式失败,在我看来,我们在第四节表现低迷并放弃了比赛,所以我们必须改变这种状态。”

周六早上,湖人队传来了一些好消息:凯尔·库兹马被允许前往明尼阿波利斯进行两次客场之旅,他能否在周日下午对明尼苏达的比赛复出尚且未知。

在周三输给俄克拉荷马雷霆的比赛中,库兹马在第二节由于腰部挫伤退场。核磁共振检查结果为挫伤,但是沃顿说库兹马的身体状况仍然不能参加周五的比赛,他会待在家里休息恢复。

詹姆斯因腹股沟受伤持续缺席比赛,人们将希望寄托在湖人能让球队的第二得分手库兹马回归(场均18.3分),补强缺乏深度的锋线阵容。因库兹马的缺席,身高6尺5寸的约什·哈特承担了更多的大前锋的责任。

原文:
Lakers seek answers after latest fourth-quarter flop
Lakers travel to Minnesota having faltered in the fourth quarter of the past five games without LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, sits on the bench next to coach Luke Walton during the closing seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. 4,

MINNEAPOLIS — Fielding his fourth question about the pivotal fourth quarter in the 119-112 loss to the New York Knicks, Brandon Ingram briefly pushed back on the narrative Friday night.

He knew the media was interested in the final period, in which the Lakers (21-18) had been outscored 33-20. But he also felt there were other things to pick at.

“I don’t think the entire thing is the fourth quarter,” he said. “I think it’s sometimes on the defensive end where we have a loss of focus. Sometimes a loss of focus for myself. Sometimes free throws. Sometimes it’s different things. So I don’t pinpoint it to the fourth quarter.”

To an extent, Ingram had a point: The Lakers had 17 turnovers and allowed a season-high 41 free-throw attempts. For the first time in 13 games, they cracked 75 percent at the free-throw line, but would’ve liked to make more. These issues were not limited to any one period of Friday’s loss.

And yet the numbers – and the nosedive the Lakers have taken in the fourth quarter of the past five games without LeBron James – merit special attention.

As the team has gone 1-4 in that stretch, the Lakers are last in the NBA in net rating in the fourth quarter. In layman’s terms: Per 100 possessions, the Lakers are outscored by 24.6 points in the final period. They average five fewer points in the fourth quarter (23.0) than any other quarter in that five-game stretch.

The extreme nature of how the Lakers can’t function offensively in the fourth quarter points to just how much of a sticking point it has become without LeBron James. Luke Walton has mused that the ball movement cuts off and the tempo slows down in that period – both critical mistakes that cost the Lakers even more without James, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma.

“The shots aren’t always going to go. Even if you’re a great shooting team, you’re going to have off nights,” Walton said. “But we can control certain things that we did not do a good job of tonight and did not put ourselves in a great chance to win down the stretch.”

There were notable errors by the Lakers’ two remaining ball-dominant players. For one, Lonzo Ball had two turnovers in the final minute, including a rare five-second violation on an inbounds play out of a timeout. Walton later took fault for the error, saying the play needed to be run faster and he would do a better job of communicating the play to his personnel.

Ingram also missed his last three shots of the game, calling his own number on several possessions and missing on contested drives to the rim. Walton didn’t single him out for the loss, but acknowledged Ingram wasn’t play-making as much in the fourth as he was in other parts of the game.

It didn’t help that the Lakers gave up 20 free throws in the final quarter and the Knicks made 16. This made it difficult to run the transition offense in which the team thrives. But the Lakers also got away from another offensive strong suit they had in the third quarter, when JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac were a combined 8 for 9 from the field with 16 points.

McGee took only two more shots for the remainder of the game, and neither Tyson Chandler nor Zubac took any fourth-quarter shots. McGee said it would be “selfish” for him to say he thought he needed the ball more, but he also seemed frustrated the Lakers got away from what helped them come back down 17 in the first half.

“I think we just didn’t stay consistent on what was working,” he said. “It’s not necessarily me and Zu, there was a lot of stuff that was working. Me and Zu just had a couple hot spots out there to where we had some scoring streaks. But lot of things that were working that we coulda did. Lot of plays that we coulda ran. But we just didn’t do it.”

Answers aren’t easy to come by with many key veterans on the shelf, but the Lakers know they must respond: Losing to one of the few weak squads on the upcoming schedule doesn’t help them stay afloat in the Western Conference standings, where they are now a precarious eighth place.

“Every game is big in the West,” Ball said. “Plus, we keep losing the same way, in my opinion. We get up in the fourth and keep giving it away, so we got to change that.”
Kyle Kuzma on the road trip

There was some good news Saturday morning for an otherwise reeling Lakers squad: Kyle Kuzma was cleared to travel to Minneapolis for the two-game road trip. He’ll be questionable for Sunday afternoon’s tilt with Minnesota.

Kuzma has been missing since leaving the second quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with lower back pain. An MRI confirmed that he had a contusion, but Walton said Kuzma was still too stiff to play Friday, and he stayed home to recover.

The Lakers are already without James on the road trip as he continues to recover from a strained groin. The hope is the Lakers could return Kuzma, the second-leading scorer on the team (18.3 ppg) who would also add size to a lineup that is missing depth at forward. In Kuzma’s absence, 6-foot-5 Josh Hart has taken on more of the power forward responsibilities.

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