on December 20th, the Los Angeles Lakers challenged the Milwaukee Bucks away, this is the Lakers
The last game of the Eastern Conference’s 5-game streak was also the most watched game before the Christmas game. In the end, the Lakers lost to the Bucks 104-111. They suffered a two-game losing streak for the first time in the season and lost the number one position in the league.
The record of 24 wins and 5 losses ranks first in the Western Conference.
Facing the Bucks’ long-handed formation in this game, the Lakers once again exposed one of their fatal flaws: lack of height.
In the last game against the Pacers, Vogel used a suicide lineup with an average height shorter than the Warriors’ death five: Bradley at 1.91 meters Caruso at 1.96 meters Rondo at 1.85 meters
Daniels at 1.93 meters Howard at 2.08 meters. The average height of this lineup is only 1.94 meters, which is even shorter than the five dead warriors of the Warriors. At that time, Curry at 1.91 meters 1
Green at 98 meters Thompson at 1.98 meters Iguodala at 1.98 meters Barnes at 2.03 meters, with an average height of 1.97 meters.
This lineup was also demanded by the Pacers at the time.
In this game, Vogel once again used a suicide lineup: Danny Green Davis Caruso Bradley Rondo.
Except for Davis, this lineup does not match the Bucks’ lineup at positions 1 to 4, and not only is it short in height, but also very poor in offensive ability.
Especially the combination of Rondo and Bradley has been proven many times this season. It is a disaster for the Lakers that the two play at the same time. Bradley has made 13 of 35 shots in the last 5 games and 1 of 11 three-pointers.
7 of 28 in the last 4 games, 2 of 13 three-pointers.
It can be said that the presence of two people at the same time is equivalent to abolishing two offensive points, which is completely negative.
But the problem is that this is also Vogel’s helpless move. He also knows that putting on such a lineup is tantamount to suicide, but he really can’t help it. Looking back at the bench, there are all short men, old and short.
Short, the Lakers bench can’t find an outside substitute player who can match the Bucks in height.
How short is the Lakers’ perimeter?
Except for James, none of the remaining main rotation players is taller than 2 meters. Among them, Bradley is 1.91 meters, Pope is 1.96 meters, Green is 1.98 meters, Rondo is 1.85 meters, Caruso is 1.96 meters.
Gram is 1.85 meters, and Daniels is 1.93 meters.
Whoever these people replace to face the Bucks players is free.
Insufficient height may be the biggest culprit of the Lakers this season, and it is almost the most difficult problem to solve. The current Lakers’ substitute players, to put it bluntly, are left by others, which means that there is not much transaction value.
The Lakers want to trade for tall forward players, and now the capital in hand is really limited.
But if they keep the current lineup, they may suffer even bigger losses in the playoffs.