洛杉矶湖人:沃顿不是背锅侠

发布:STOKES 时间:2019-01-09 10:10 阅读:152 点击收藏

作者:Anthony Santillo
译者:Neymar
校对:Shiro&FangSir

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洛杉矶湖人在詹姆斯缺阵的比赛中表现挣扎,但是责任并不在主教练沃顿。

湖人队2019年的开端并不顺利,我也是。我的新年目标是将花在社交媒体上的时间缩短一半,但这在新年第1周就失败了。其原因可以归结为,自从詹姆斯在对金州勇士的圣诞大战中受伤以来,我看到了对沃顿铺天盖地的指责。

我并不喜欢看到某个人的言论后就将它忽视,假装其不存在,我认为人人都有值得倾听的观点。

所以当我看到这些观点时,我就会深究它们的可靠性和证据的充分与否。而所有对于沃顿的责备,在我看来都是没有现实依据的。

自从詹姆斯受伤,湖人已经1胜3负了(译者注:本文发布于与森林狼的比赛之前,作者也没有将圣诞大战的胜利算进去),而人们出于各种原因,将矛头指向沃顿。我明白当球队无法取胜时,通常都是主教练第一个受到批评,但这次不应该。

首先,这3场失利的对手都曾经是或者现在是西部的季后赛球队,比如俄克拉荷马雷霆,他们是现在的西部第二。

在输给这3支优秀的球队之后,怎么能全怪沃顿和球队呢?这还是阵中最好的球员、唯一的全明星(抱歉库兹马,即使今年你进了全明星也不能算),经验丰富的替补控卫,球队的领袖以及首发中锋(麦基在后两场比赛中复出)都不在的情况下。

在联盟第一人因伤缺阵而他也没全明星的队友的情况下,湖人输掉了重要的比赛,人们因此就对他们失望至极,这样做真的公平吗?

事实上我认为我们应该表扬沃顿。球队在这些比赛中很有竞争力,在没有詹姆斯的情况下3场失利的平均分差只有6分。尤其是当你看到他们都派了哪些人上场时,就会觉得他们做得很出色了。

这还是基于假设2017-2018的湖人的中锋是麦基而非洛佩兹的情况下做的对比。但是最大的不同,还是詹姆斯。

湖人的年轻人们到现在为止已经花了很长时间去适应在詹姆斯身边打球。既然现在詹姆斯缺阵,他们就应该站出来,主动承担头号得分手以及攻防两端支柱的责任。

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上赛季,他们不需要迎合别人的打法,所以整个赛季都扮演着同样的角色。对一个运动员来说,在赛季中途突然转变角色不是一件容易的事,特别是你知道担任新角色的时间很有限,因为詹姆斯最好是能尽快复出。

当球队最好的球员不在时,仍要保持高水平的竞争力是很困难的。你可以拿NBA任何一支球队试试,看看他们在自家超级球星缺阵后的头几场比赛的表现就知道了。

这肯定很难。看看金州勇士在库里缺阵的头几场比赛的表现,即使他们可能是NBA历史上最出色的的球队,球迷们仍要为他们捏一把汗。所以,这点不能忽略。

球迷们应该为球队的努力而感到满意。年轻人们都站了出来,老将们发挥领导能力,沃顿在为整个球队保驾护航,这就是我们现在想要的。

詹姆斯预计还会缺席1周,湖人接下来的对手胜率都不足50%:尼克斯、森林狼、独行侠、活塞、爵士和骑士。要他们赢下全部6场比赛有点强人所难,拿下其中4场还是情理之中的,这也足以让球队保住西部前8的位置。

总之,沃顿已经将这支年轻、容易迷失的队伍打造为以防守为主的球队,同时也会有showtime的表现,这都是球迷真正喜欢看的,而这在过去5年可看不到。没有詹姆斯和朗多,湖人的防守效率、限制对手命中率和防守正负值都在联盟前10,这已经足够了。

所以,请大家不要再社交媒体上指责沃顿、让他下课了,安安心心看比赛就好,这样我也可以完成新年目标。也不要再对球队挑三拣四,因为他们已经在困境中做得很好了。

原文:

Los Angeles Lakers: Stop placing the blame on Luke Walton

by Anthony Santillo

The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled without LeBron James, but the blame should not be placed on head coach Luke Walton.

2019 has not gotten off to a great start for the Los Angeles Lakers. My 2019 New Years Resolution was to try and eliminate my time spent on social media by 50% and within the first week that has failed miserably, getting off to as good a start as the Lakers.

The reason for this can be accredited to the amount of backlash I have been seeing Luke Walton receive since LeBron James got injured in the Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors.

I don’t like to just read someone’s opinion about a topic and just brush it off and pretend they don’t matter. I like to think everyone has an opinion worth listening to.

So, when I see these things, I will dig deep into the credibility of their statement and what they are using to validate what they are saying. In regards to all of the Luke Walton criticism, none of them have had worthy facts to support their fallacious statement.

Since LeBron got injured, the Lakers are 1-3 (I am not including the Christmas Day game) and people are, for some reason, pointing the finger at Luke. Now, I know the coach is usually the first to blame when teams aren’t winning. However, this isn’t one of those cases.

First off, all three of those losses came to teams that are either currently or were at the time they played, in the Western Conference Playoff picture, including the Oklahoma City Thunder who has the second best record in the West.

How can people be that upset with Luke, or the entire team for that matter, about losing to three good teams when your best player and only All-Star (sorry Kuzma but even if you make it this year, you aren’t one yet), your veteran backup point guard and vocal leader and starting center (JaVale came back for the last two games) are all hurt?

How is that fair to anyone to be upset that the Lakers are losing in very competitive games without the greatest basketball player in the world on their team and no other All-Stars around him?

I think the fact that they are even putting up a fight in these games means we should be praising Luke. In the three losses without LeBron, their average margin of defeat is about six points. Pretty impressive when you look at who they are putting on the court to compete with these teams.

This is basically the 2017-18 Lakers team with JaVale McGee at center instead of Brook Lopez. However, the biggest difference obviously is LeBron.

Now, even though he’s not playing, the young payers have spent the entire season thus far deferring to him and changing their games to be able to play with Lebron. Now that he’s out, all of them are expected to step their games up to be the primary scorers, facilitators, and defenders.

Last season, there was no one to defer to so they had been playing in the same roles all season long. For a player to change their role almost halfway through the season is no easy task, especially when you know there’s only a finite amount of games you will have this new role for since LeBron, hopefully, won’t be out much longer.

It’s hard to continue to play at a high level and compete when your best player gets injured. Take any team in the NBA right now and take their superstar off the team and see how they look in the first few games.

It won’t be pretty. Look at what happened with the Golden State Warriors when Stephen Curry got hurt earlier this year. People were ready to hit the panic button and that might be the greatest team the NBA will ever see. Let’s not forget this.

Fans should be happy this team is going out and competing. The young guys are stepping their games up, the vets are taking over leadership, and Luke is keeping this ship above water and that’s all we can ask for right now.

LeBron is expected to be about at least another week and the Lakers don’t play a team above .500 for in that span: Knicks, Wolves, Mavs, Pistons, Jazz, and the Cavs. Asking for them to win all of those might seem a little immoderate but taking four of the six is definitely reasonable. That’s more than enough to keep us afloat in the Western Playoff hunt.

All in all, Luke has helped turned this young, lost team into a defensive-minded, showtime experience that fans get to actually enjoy watching, which has been rare for the last half-decade. They are still top-10 in the league in defensive efficiency, opponent FG%, and defensive +/- with LeBron and Rondo out and don’t expect that to change per NBA.com.

So please, all of you out there who are putting blame on Luke and stating he should be fired, please stop tweeting and actually watch the game so I can try and keep my resolution and not nitpick your radical solutions to a team that is doing fine considering their current predicament.

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