Mike D’Antoni Getting an F in Game Management 101

December 4th, 2012 by Maxwell Ogden Leave a reply »
Here we go again.

Despite entering the fourth quarter with an 83-73 lead, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets by a score of 107-105. This loss came despite James Harden shooting 3-of-19 from the floor and Kobe Bryant scoring 39 points.

As for why, look no further than Mike D'Antoni getting an F in Game Management 101.

This is the Lakers' fifth loss in seven games. They're now 1-2 in games in which they've scored at least 100 points under D'Antoni, which further validates the fear that all Lakers fans possessed entering his tenure.

Without defense, this team is doomed.

The issue goes beyond the obvious, however, as D'Antoni made key decisions which negatively impacted the outcome of the game. Decisions which led to the Lakers blowing a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Decisions which allowed the hack-a-Howard strategy to determine the outcome of the game. Which is where we begin.


Allowing Hack-a-Howard

Head coach Mike D'Antoni appears to have fallen under the spell of the worst myth in the entire sports world. That, of course, is the concept ...

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