G16 MIN @ LAL PostGame Thread

Lakers managed to lose to the depleted Timberwolves team who has lost 4 straight on the road.

Jeremy Lin performed well scoring double double with 18pts/11ast (highest Lakers assist this season)

Complete stats: 18 pts 8/15 FG 2/7 3pt 2 reb 11 ast 4 stl 3 to 29 min

Byron Scott benched Lin with 3:45 left in the 4th quarter with disastrous result as the Lakers managed to lose a 3pt lead (115-112) and let Timberwolves outscored them 8-4 as the offense bogged down and defense allowed easy points to the Wolves.

Byron Scott simply didn’t play his best playmaker in Jeremy Lin (18pts/11asts/4stl) and his best defender (Ed Davis with 6pts/10rebs) during crunch time. The offense predictably went through Kobe who was inefficient (plus Nick Young) after Lin came out. And once Ed Davis came out, there was no interior defense allowing easy points for the Timberwolves. It was simply a horrible coaching decision. The loss is on Byron Scott because he made coaching decision and it didn’t work. No Lin, No Win!

This is my recollection of what happened in the last 6 min.

Kobe/Lin checked in w 6 min left. Hill replaced Davis
Lin assisted Nick Young on his dunk, got offensive foul being aggressive, missed 3PT.

Byron panicked, brought Ellington for 3pt shooting.
Kobe failed to take over. Made 2 shots, missed 3PT, missed 2 FTs, and missed a predictable 3pt shot at end of game.

In the meantime, MIN outscored LAL 8-4 with layups and easy shots because there was no interior defense.

So it’s really BScott blunder to:
1. take out offensive flow by benching Lin plus
2. take out any defensive presence by benching Davis the rim-protector with an ineffective Hill so LAL gave up easy points

Note: Additional note from @717 I’d add that Swaggy missed two shots and then fouled with the score tied and only 2 sec left.