FILM STUDY — Defending Kobe Bryant

Defending Kobe

Bryant 20 shot attempts
1) CJ Miles – split double drives lane to the rim – blocked by Millsap – MISS
2) CJ Miles – isolation right wing three point jumper – contested – MISS
3) CJ Miles – isolation right side mid block fader – contested – MISS
4) Howard – right block deep off cross – uncontested – MISS
5) Howard – catch at rim – uncontested – MISS
6) Tinsley – left elblow forces Kobe to drive – contested – MISS
7) CJ Miles – off a pick three point shot – contested – GOOD
8) CJ Miles – three ball straight away – uncontested – MISS
9) Howard – angle left three point jumper – uncontested – MISS
10) CJ Miles – right win isolation 1 on 1 21 footer –contested – MISS
11) CJ Miles – pick and roll splits double into lane misses floater – uncontested – MISS
12) CJ Miles – left block – stymied on move fade away – contested – MISS
13) CJ Miles – left mid block – fadeaway – contested – GOOD
14) Hayward – left wing 17 footer – contested – MISS
15) Hayward – drive left to baseline 16 foot fader – contested – MISS
16) Hayward – deep right block to the middle -3 footer – contested – MISS
17) Hayward – drive from top to right spin back and fade – contested – MISS
18) Hayward – pop out angle left three – contested – MISS
19) CJ Miles – drive into traffic from three feet — contested – GOOD
20) CJ Miles – off screen three to tie the game – contested – MISS

I don’t have the data on the 9 free throws that Bryant took

Kobe also committed 7 tunrovers
1) CJ Miles defending in the post pokes it away
2) CJ Miles slides his feet and takes a charge
3) CJ Miles reaches in a knocks ball off Kobe’s foot
4) Kobe drives into traffic and losses the dribble.
5) CJ Miles draws an offensive foul in the post
6) Kanter and Harris force a terrible pass for a turnover
7) CJ Miles defending and Kobe throws ball away.

Findings
• CJ Miles forced 6 turnovers on the night. Bryant was 3 for 11 when guarded by CJ and 9 of those were contested shots.
• Hayward guarded Kobe for 5 4th quarter possessions and Kobe went 0 for 5 and all shots were contested.
• Josh Howard had a tough time with Kobe. Kobe missed three shots he almost always makes when guarded by Josh.
• The take away here is how little Kobe was able to get himself free.
• Kobe was unable to drive past the Jazz defenders to get to the rim.