Friday, March 9, 2012
Kobe has not been 'clutch' this season
By Justin Page, ESPN Stats & Info
With losses at Detroit on Tuesday and at Washington on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers are 6-14 on the road this season.
Finding ways to win on the road isn’t the only problem for the Lakers. Their performance in clutch situations – specifically Kobe Bryant’s – might be a bigger cause for concern.
(A clutch situation is defined as fourth quarter or overtime, less than five minutes left, with neither team ahead by more than five points.)
In their loss to the Wizards, Bryant went 0-for-4 from the field in clutch situations, but his teammates went 2-for-4. For Bryant, it was a continuation of how things have gone for him this season.
Bryant is shooting just 26.8 percent (19-71) in clutch situations, and has produced 0.79 points per field goal attempt. Last season, Bryant shot 40.2 percent in those situations, and averaged 1.28 points per field goal attempt.
The rest of the team, surprisingly, has been much more efficient. Excluding Bryant, the Lakers are shooting well over 50 percent, averaging 1.50 points per field goal attempt in clutch situations.
Andrew Bynum made his only field goal attempt in the clutch against the Wizards. The Lakers center has led the way for that group, shooting 87.0 percent from the field (20-of-23) in clutch situations. Bynum has scored seven fewer points than Bryant in the clutch (56-49), but has also taken 48 fewer field goal attempts than Bryant (71 to 23).