Your friend and mine, Sebastian Pruiti, at NBA Playbook decided to break down the way the Lakers defended Tyreke Evans last night. Tyreke saw a healthy dose of Ron Artest for most of the night and still was able to finish with 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Here’s the breakdown from Bassy:
- With Ron Artest (and Kobe) Covering Evans – 17 points (on 5-12 shooting – 6 of 9 from the FT line), 6 assists, and 8 rebounds in 38:14.
- With others (Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown) Covering Evans – 8 points (on 2-3 shooting – 4 of 5 from the FT line), 3 assists, and 3 rebounds in 4:08.
The numbers show the difference (17 points on 12 shots vs. 8 points on 3), but I think what really shows the difference is looking at the highlights.
Those are not bad numbers either way but Sebastian is correct. The best way is to look at the highlights and NBA Playbook has a great recap of different scenarios in which Evans tried to score or create against the Lakers. Click the link to check it out.