Andrew Bynum and the value of preparation (Monday practice videos)

April, 30, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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It's been a busy day on the blog. To recap, we looked at...
Dave McMenamin passed along reaction Monday's reaction from El Segundo to the incredible comeback for the Clippers Sunday night in Memphis, along with Mike Brown's comments regarding George Karl's assertion he saw "about 30" instances of illegal defense from the Lakers in Sunday's game.

As for the rest of practice...

Among the more underplayed positives of Andrew Bynum's dominant Game 1 came on the offensive end, where he had only one turnover despite multiple touches against near constant double teams. While Bynum improved against extra attention during the season, he was still fairly prone to miscues. Not Sunday. Brown attributed Bynum's near-pristine performance to a better understanding of what Denver would send at him. "[For the playoffs], we've broken down what Denver does. We've walked through it. We showed tape, we walked through it again. We showed tape again. Then we scripted it, and then we walked through it. So he has a better feel of what they're doing, and where they're coming from," he said.



Bynum was good with the ball Sunday, but there's no guarantee he doesn't turn the ball over four or five times Tuesday, armed with the same information he used in Game 1.

Still, Brown's comments emphasize one of the major differences between regular and postseason basketball. Before Sunday's game, Brown noted the vast amounts of scouting information given to his players by the team's coaching staff and video crew, breaking down in impressive detail what the Nuggets to on both sides of the ball. Particularly for high I.Q. teams like the Lakers, knowledge can absolutely be power. With that in mind, I asked him which aspect of the postseason coaching gig is more important: What happens in prep time before and between games, or the actual decisions made during 48 minutes of game play.

"I think it's a combination of both. I don't know if you can say that one outweighs the other, because I think your preparation before the game starts is just as important as some of the adjustments that you make during the course of a game ... but at the end of the day [players] have to go out and play basketball. You have to cover for one another, you've got to communicate," he said.

Quantifying how much value should be given to prep vs. in game adjustments is, as Brown says, very tough to do. Still, it's a good reminder that during the playoffs some of the most valuable and influential work happens off the floor and away from the cameras.

On to the video...

Brown, on Bynum and scouting prep:
Brown, on expected changes between Games 1 and 2:
Kobe Bryant, on the LAC's comeback Sunday and offensive rhythm:
Bryant, on Game 1, Bynum:
Andrew Bynum on the Game 1 win over Denver, the defense by him and the team:
Bynum on his 10 blocks against Denver, passing out of double teams:
Pau Gasol on the Game 1 win, the expected adjustments from Denver and the Clippers' win:
Gasol on the defense against Denver, and the similarities between the Clippers' comeback and Lakers-Celtics Game 4 in 2008:

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
25.0 2.5 1.5 28.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 10.5
AssistsR. Price 4.0
StealsR. Price 2.0
BlocksE. Davis 2.0