Vogel defeated the Houston Rockets 110–100 on Thursday, winning 3–1 in their Western Conference Semifinal Series. He said, “It is powerful as a weapon. It is powerful like a superstar.” “If you have an elite defense, he could be your third star, so to speak.”
Beyond 43.4% shooting to Houston as a team, LA limited James Harden to just 21 points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field. Even despite Harden’s 20 of 20 free throw attempts, he was kept below his league-leading average of 34.3 points per game.
James, who missed the triple-double with just 16 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists in Game 4, stressed how impressive the Lakers’ defense is to pull against Hardik.
The Lakers star said, “James is probably one of the best offensive players we’ve seen in this league.” “I mean, he had 20 free throw attempts and we’re not trying to put him in the free throw line. One of our game plans is not to put him in the free throw line and we’re not trying to put him in The free throw line, and the man is just so clever that he was still able to get 20 free throw attempts.
“So we’re just trying to eliminate what we can from him, because he can score from that [anywhere]. He goes with his runners in the paint with his floaters. Apparently, he stepped back. He got 3s in transition. He catches and shoots 3 when he is off the ball. And like I said, he is very difficult with his moves in the paint, where he goes to the free throw line. So we are trying to take some things. We cannot take away everything, because how great is that which is offensive. We try to follow the game plan and see what happens from there. ”
LA on Thursday implicated Harden 17 times in pick-and-rolls, more than double in a playoff game in the past six years compared to the previous spectrum. The Lakers implicated the former MVP 13 times in the first three games of the series.
The Rockets averaged 0.714 points per possession when the Lakers implicated Harden in Game 4. It was a big drop from the 1.13 points Houston captured in the regular season, finishing ninth in the league.
“When you have the confidence you can take four, five, six possessions where you’re just squeezing the other team’s offense, stop and then quarterback that action with our ability to run the floor with LeBron James. And to be under attack. Mode, we have a strong belief in what we can achieve as a group, “Vogel said.
Despite the defensive performance, Davis – who was runner-up for this season’s Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokonampo’s Defensive Player of the Year – was not satisfied with his performance on that end.
“I think I was a step slow on the defensive twists tonight. I think I can get better defensively,” said Davis, who went 29 points to go with 12 rebels, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Led the Lakers with. “Like me was uprooted quickly [in Game 4]. But for me to just keep going, I go in and try to rebel aggressively, screen for my teammates, do all the intangibles, and make sure that I’m in other ways than scoring basketball Can influence the game. ”
La will have a chance to shut down the Rockets in Game 5 on Saturday and reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010.
“We’re happy with what we were doing on the defensive end,” Vogel said. “It can always be better. Dishonesty, obviously.” [can be cut down]. Plan A was not put on the free throw line with James Harden guarding us and we gave him 20 free throw attempts. So, we got to make sure that we’re doing a better job there, but overall, we’re just trying to limit it and make it uncomfortable.
“He saw that there is every coverage in the world and he knows how to attack it. Like I said with and with this group: We are not going to be comfortable because we know what he is capable of, So we just. Continue to watch the film, improve, strengthen the plan of each game that we play and hopefully get better in Game 5. ”