无詹湖骑,人见人欺

发布:STOKES 时间:2019-01-15 21:05 阅读:87 点击收藏

作者:Dave McMenamin
译者:Davis
校对:Lincoin

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勒布朗.詹姆斯重回克利夫兰后带领骑士四次打进总决赛,结束了骑士52年队史没有夺得总冠军的窘境,毫无疑问,这是一段彪炳千古的成就,但是,得到永远都是要付出的。

在此期间,詹姆斯打了81场季后赛,相当于一轮完整的常规赛。当他今年夏天决定加盟洛杉矶的时候,骑士的内部人员私下里开玩笑说:“他的油箱里没剩多少油了。”

上周日,就在骑士以101-95击败湖人之前,一名不愿透露姓名的骑士球员告诉ESPN,他认为上个赛季的历程让现年34岁的詹姆斯消耗巨大。

显然詹姆斯打了太久时间,所以人们才有了这样的议论。湖人总裁魔术师约翰逊在11月告诉SiriusXM NBA电台,“我们会随时注意詹姆斯的上场时间,并且不会让他大包大揽,要不然跟在克利夫兰有什么两样?”

在这场比赛之前,詹姆斯就已经缺席了一些比赛,而周日他坐在场边眼睁睁的看着骑士痛揍了湖人。

从某种意义上说,约翰逊已经向詹姆斯保证他在洛杉矶的日子不会复刻骑士的模式。湖人队在2018年围绕这位四获MVP的球员构建了与2014年骑士队截然不同的一套阵容。骑士是建立在一个明星体系之上的——詹姆斯、凯里•欧文和凯文•乐福为主,众多三分投手为辅。这样的阵容可以充分发挥詹姆斯对于比赛的创造能力。

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而目前围绕在詹姆斯身边的是一群充满潜力的年轻人,凯尔•库兹马,布兰登•英格拉姆和隆佐•鲍尔—理论上这是一群能够适应不同比赛方式的球员,而且具备自主发起进攻的能力。魔术师还说:“我们想打的是快节奏高速度的篮球。” 值得称道的是,过去几个月的湖人证明了约翰逊在这两点上是正确的。詹姆斯场均34.6分钟的上场时间是他16年职业生涯的新低。湖人打出了约翰逊想要看到的那种篮球:他们以每场104个回合的速度排在联盟第三。但是,不可否认的是,目前的湖人和最近的骑士有一个惊人的相似之处:詹姆斯不在的时候,他们烂的像一坨屎。

詹姆斯在克利夫兰的最后四个赛季中,骑士队在他休息或因伤缺席的比赛中4胜23负。如果詹姆斯没有在2017-18赛季打满82场,这个数据可能会更夸张。而这个赛季,在詹姆斯因腹股沟拉伤而缺席的10场比赛中,湖人只是惨淡的3 胜7负。

自詹姆斯缺席以来,湖人有过一段艰难挣扎的时期,但周日那场比赛,湖人看起来像是被一拳打到了最低谷。

詹姆斯缺席的第一场比赛,湖人对阵国王,他们在第四节一度领先15分的情况下被对手翻盘,这种情况还可以接受。但是在对阵尼克斯的时候,他们第一节就挖了一个17分的大坑,然后顺理成章的给已经9连败的尼克斯送上温暖。如果他们学会尊重每一个对手,这种情况是不可能发生的。这场比赛已经是球迷所能忍受的底线了。

但是湖人就是永远让你跌破眼球的球队。他们竟然输给了目前8胜35负的、已经12连败的骑士队。仅得95分,而且自从12月26日打灰熊以来对手得分从未低于110分。三分命中率20.6%,34投7中,罚球命中率59.3%,27投16中。无论如何这都是不可原谅的。

“我相信这支球队,我相信我们会好起来,我们会开启胜利之旅。”湖人队教练卢克沃顿在周日的比赛后说。目前湖人的战绩已经跌到23胜21负,与犹他爵士并列西部第八。

沃顿之所以这么说,是想告诉人们别忘了,在三周前湖人击败勇士的那场比赛里,下半场的大部分时间里湖人是没有詹姆斯的。

湖人正在渐渐意识到詹姆斯的重要性,就像这个赛季正在步入乐透区的骑士队在过去的几年里所经历的那样。

但可能湖人和骑士最不同的一点就是:詹姆斯在过去的几个赛季必须以一己之力扛着骑士前行,伤痕累累。

当詹姆斯回来的时候,如果他不能像以前那样带领湖人队脱出泥淖——在竞争更为残酷激烈的西部,身边都是还未兑现潜力的年轻俊彦,而不是已经成熟的球星——那将会发生什么呢?

如你所见,约翰逊不想让湖人成为第二个克利夫兰,他的设想是詹姆斯的队友能够给他充分的支持。但是到目前为止,情况却并非如此。

原文:

Life without LeBron in Los Angeles and Cleveland looks about the same

Dave McMenamin

LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James' second stint in Cleveland -- the four NBA Finals appearances, the first championship in franchise history that snapped a 52-year title-less drought for the city -- was an unabashed success.

But it came at a cost.

While James was brilliant in those postseason runs, he played 81 games in the playoffs -- an entire extra regular season's worth -- in the past four years. When James left for Los Angeles, there were people within the Cleveland Cavaliers' organization who privately joked that "the tread is off his tires."

And on Sunday, before his former team beat Los Angeles 101-95 at Staples Center in a game against the LeBron-less Lakers, a member of the Cavaliers told ESPN he thought last season "took a lot out of" the now 34-year-old James.

It stands to reason that James' mileage was the motivating factor behind Lakers president Magic Johnson telling SiriusXM NBA Radio back in November, "We are trying to make sure that we watch his minutes but also that we don't run everything through him because now it is Cleveland all over again."

Before Cleveland won in Los Angeles on Sunday, it had been a while since LeBron James did not play and watched the Cavaliers win.

In one sense, Johnson already has assured that James' time in L.A. will be nothing like it was with the Cavs. The Lakers constructed their roster around the four-time MVP in 2018 much differently than the Cavs who surrounded him in 2014. That Cleveland team was built on a star system -- James, flanked by Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love -- and then filled out with 3-point specialists who could feast off James' ability to create.

These Lakers have James surrounded by a handful of hopeful stars -- Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball -- and a supporting cast full of players who can theoretically play both ways while also providing some playmaking.

Johnson continued his interview by saying, "We want to get up and down."

And to his credit, the past couple of months have proved Johnson to be right on those two points. James' 34.6 minutes per game are indeed a career low for him in this his 16th season. And the Lakers are playing the brand of basketball Johnson wanted to see: They rank third in the league in pace at 104 possessions per game.

Here's the thing, though. There's one undeniable way in which the Lakers are eerily identical to those recent Cavs teams: They stink without James.

In James' last four seasons in Cleveland, the Cavs went 4-23 in games in which he missed because of rest or injury. And that number probably would have been worse had James not played every single one of Cleveland's 82 games in 2017-18.
And this season, through 10 games without James since he strained his left groin on Christmas Day, the Lakers are just 3-7.

There have been some rough moments since James went out, but Sunday felt like a new low.

It's one thing to blow a 15-point fourth-quarter lead on the road against the Sacramento Kings, as the Lakers did in their first game sans James. It's even one thing to dig a 17-point first-quarter hole at home against the New York Knicks -- a team that came in riding a nine-game losing streak -- if you learn about respecting every opponent out of it.

But to lose to a Cavaliers team that came into the night with an 8-35 record and on a 12-game losing streak? To score only 95 points against a squad that hasn't held a foe to less than 110 since playing at the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 26? To shoot 7-for-34 from 3-point territory (20.6 percent) and 16-for-27 on free throws (59.3 percent) on your home floor? It's inexcusable.

"I believe in this group, and I believe that this group will play better and we'll start winning games," Lakers coach Luke Walton said after Sunday's defeat dropped the Lakers to 23-21, tied with the Utah Jazz for eighth place in the Western Conference.

The fact that Walton needed to say something like that was telling, seeing as this group beat the Warriors on Golden State's home floor less than three weeks ago in a game in which it didn't have James for most of the second half.

The Lakers are figuring out just how difficult life without James can be, just like the Cavs knew so well the past several years and continue to be cognizant of this season as they tank toward the lottery.

But here's the biggest difference, perhaps, in what those Cavs teams experienced and where the Lakers are now: James has the wear and tear of all those seasons pushing and prodding and carrying the Cavs under his belt.

When James returns, what if he can't carry this Lakers group -- in a tougher Western Conference and comprised of potential stars alongside him rather than bona fide ones -- the way he used to?

You see, Johnson didn't want L.A. to be Cleveland all over again because the plan was to have James' teammates lift him up just as much as he lifts them up. So far, that has been anything but the case.

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