The Steve Blake Situation

5/6/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

May 4, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake (5) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) during the second half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center.  The Nuggets won 99-84.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Steve Blake is a baffling player. Most nights he's awful, but every now and then he has those nights where the Lakers wouldn't have won without him. Blake is a veteran player who has been in the NBA for eight seasons, but unfortunately veteran experience doesn't make you win championships. We know that coach Brown highly values experience, but when is enough enough?

 

So far this series, Blake has averaged 26.4 minutes, four points, two rebounds and 2.3 assists. In game one he scored nine points. It was one of those games the Lakers would have never won without him. Game two was different with him scoring no points in 26 minutes. Game three was a complete mess as well. Blake played 28 minutes and scored three points, shooting 25 percent. In what world does a coach leave a player in to play that many minutes when he's that cold?

 

The problem with Blake, aside from his inconsistent shooting, is that he is too slow to truly compete with the Playoff competition. He's old and slow. That's not a hater statement, it's fact. Because of this, he's really struggled to create shots for his teammates which is what a point guard does. So what does Coach Brown do? Play Blake at shooting guard. This is a bad move because, well, he's shooting 26 percent in the post season.

 

There's a guy sitting on the bench just waiting to get in the game, and his name is Goudelock. While not experienced, he can provide energy and points off the bench that the Lakers desperately need.

 

Coach Brown should stop relying so heavily on experience and rather got with the player who is, to put it simply, better. An example of this is Jordan Hill. Hill proved he should get minutes with his play at the end of the season, and he's been getting minutes in the playoffs. While they aren't serious minutes, they are minutes nonetheless.

 

The solution to the Blake Situation is to bring him off the bench, let him play, and decide from there. If he's hot, leave him in; if not, take him out. It's nonsensical for him to get the minutes he's been getting with his nearly complete lack of production.

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