That's not true, phil's teams would always blow leads. Plus we didn't play down to the level of competition, we dominated most of the game and then just let up from the 6-2 minute mark. The defense was pretty strong for most of the game and the offensive execution was excellent with the exception of the most of the 4th. Lapses are going to happen when a team gets up big.
That was a championship contender though. Playing down to competition was not out of the norm for them because there was nobody to play up to. Once you're up, you can only go down. Lapses do happen, teams go on runs, but that was WAY too big of a run for one of the worst teams in the league. The Lakers have lost plenty of games like this - playing well the majority in the game only to let up in the final minutes. If it wasn't for games such as these, the Lakers could have themselves a good record by now. A team looking to find their identity needs composure and consistency.
Yeah, Earl and Pau is a great rotation at the 4. I love Pau off the bench. Hopefully he understand how important he is in that role.
Earl is a 3. Metta starts at 4. He defends them since earl got inserted. Jamison comes in with Pau who comes in for Dwight. Pau plays the 4 to close the second and fourth. But Clark is the SF, what we tried to give to Ebanks earlier this year actually