Wow! Spurs and Lakers lose on same day. Who would have thought it? Let’s analyze each of these games, looking at key lineups and Adjusted +/- ratingsof key players for the game.
Rose was great on Saturday but CP3 was “otherwordly.” The lineup with Gray and Jack replacing Okafor and Bellenelli was +14 points in 7 minutes while Hornets starting lineup was -10 points in 16 minutes. Hopefully Gray is healthy because he was awesome. CP3 had Adjusted +/- of +31, Green +15, Gray +74!!! and Jack +38.
For the Lakers the bench and Bynum were disasters. Adjusted +/- for Brown -46, Johnson -51, Odom -16 and Bynum -31, show that the Lakers have major isuues.
We predicted on this website that with Manu out the Grizzlies would give the Spurs fits. When Mayo replaced Young the Grizzlies were +10 points in 9 minutes. Randolph +15, Allen +16 and Mayo +11 keyed the Grizzlies win. For the Spurs Bonner -16 and Neal -28 really hurt them. Without a full strength Manu the Spurs will have their hands full.