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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  57 responses

Video: Iguodala Wins it, Ariza Gets the Blame

by Marcel Mutoni


Thrilling finish in L.A. last night, as the Sixers hung tough with the Lakers, and in the end escaped Staples with a win at the buzzer. According to several members of the hometown team, it should should’ve never come down to that.

Welcome to blame-ville, Trevor Ariza:

Lakers coach Phil Jackson seemed nonplussed that Ariza didn’t foul before Iguodala got the shot up. So did center Pau Gasol.

“We shouldn’t have gotten to that point anyways,” Gasol said. “That’s the learning part of it, and also hopefully the fact that when there’s six seconds left and we have a foul to give, we can’t take that kind of a chance and let that guy take a three and win the game. At least put him on the line and make him earn it.”

For what it’s worth, Ariza acknowledged his mistake and said that he thought Iggy would attack the basket on the play. Guess again, Trevor.

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  • Fred34

    See Smush in China wouldda known what to do :P

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    why would Iguodala go the basket Trevor? They were down three points!

  • Myung

    They were only down two, Gerard. But I agree with Phil Jackson… if they had a foul to give, then obviously he should’ve fouled him when it was around 2 seconds left. It was Ariza’s mistake.

  • illydiva

    I was thinking the same thing, Gerard. You don’t want to go into OT in another team’s building if you can avoid it (and by it, I mean Kobe), even if you haven’t hit a 3 all night. This was a good win for my Sixers that really means nothing to the Lakers, except now the Cavs hold that #1 spot. Speaking of Kobe, what was up with all the hacking of Dre Dala??? I thought they had such respect for each other. *side eye*

  • http://www.twahc.blogspot.com/ twahc

    even if he is at the line, there is still a chance he made them all.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    I didnt watch the game but didnt the LA coaches tell him what to do – and after all he aint a rookie so its not like hasnt been in the NBA and seen this stuff happen. Ariza should know, now he does.

  • John D

    What is Gasol talking about? A foul to give doesn’t mean you’re putting him on the line, it means you’re chopping a few seconds off the game clock.

  • Ron

    Ariza should have known that a road team down 2 is going to go for the win, not the tie.

  • http://indianz.com R3Z

    Nice to see Iggy getting his game winning jump shot on. Philly in the playoffs?

  • james

    @Gerard Himself: they were down 2. and he still could and most probably would have got fouled if he drove the ball anyway so a 3 point play was still on the cards that way too…

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    R3z thay are in the playoffs… I like L.A. but thats just sloppy

  • T Money

    Am I the only one who noticed the travel?

  • niQ

    1) great game. 2) why didn’t they just play kobe on him? i thought he was their best defender.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    niQ he’s definitely not fast enought to keep up with Dre. Kobe really is incredibly overrated as a defender. He overplays and pressures the ball, and while it looks pretty good, guys with speed and handles will go straight past him.

  • truthteller

    ciolkstar,
    I think you meant to say that Kobe takes more chances as a defender which is what a great defender is supposed to do. If you are talking about a player who is overrated on defense then it must be LeBron James!

  • bulldog

    That should be a tax write off for the Lakers filed under charitable donation – either that or Ariza needs to be checked out by a physician, there’s got to be something wrong with him. He’s usually the one picking pockets with his athleticism and quickness – on that play all that was missing was his pom poms.

  • nate james

    haha laker fans and players always point fingers. they never blame themselfs. why the hell was the game so close that late if the lakers are that great. i think they should blame the whole team.
    phillie willie is going to make them run laps.

  • Static

    up by 15 in the 4th you should NOT even be talking about needing a foul to give on your home floor, Ariza shoulda taken the foul or get a better defender out there; I just really like seeing Dre getting props from homie on the sideline and almost scaring the guy nxt guy sh!tless

  • http://aol.com Jonesy McFly

    @ truthteller- thank u man Bron Bron is so overrated on deffense. u never see him playing great one on one lock down D. Lebron is a good weak side defender and a great shot blocker when he is chasing someone from behind on a lay up.

  • http://aol.com Jonesy McFly

    @ truthteller- thank u man Bron Bron is so overrated on deffense. u never see him playing great one on one lock down D. Lebron is a good weak side defender and a great shot blocker when he is chasing someone from behind on a lay up.

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com Peach B.

    Think Iggy will be sending Ariza a fruit basket and a thank you card?

  • Cizzo

    Lucky shot Ariza you still on deck for the championship keep your head up!

  • MacGyver

    well,career wise:lebron on game winning shots 17/50 for 34% and kobe:14/56 for a astonishing 26%..very clutch this kobe guy is indeed,what a myth..that media is something else..

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wait, great defender’s are supposed to take chances (ie “gamble”) Then I guess AI is one of the all time greatest defensive PGs because of all those steals.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    LOVE that stat McGyver.

  • Static

    If you happened to watch Kobe in the Olympics, he was almost Sasha-like in his harassment and reaching on defense getting called for a lot of fouls…taking chances does not a great defender make or AI would be 1st team every year

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Not to mention his chucking ways and god awful 3point percentage. KObe being cast as “hero” in the gold medal game was sickening to me.

  • Canuck

    Couldn’t agree more ciolkstar/MacGyver.

  • Canuck

    MacGyver: does LeBron not also lead Kobe in 4th courter scoring? Every Kobe fan loves to point out that Kobe takes over games in the 4th like no other, yet correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think he’s even top 3 in the league in 4th quarter scoring.

  • Canuck

    courter-quarter my bad

  • Phil B

    all the great defensive coaches know that defense = taking chances. it’s a rule.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    such great leadership by kobe throwing young trevor under the bus. angus macgyver, those are very interesting stats.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    phil b, id bet my life pop doesnt agree with you.

  • NJ4Life

    Regardless of who has the better game winning shot %, i’m taking kobe everytime to shoot the game winner, and so would anybody outside of cleveland. at least kobe never passed off to donyell marshall to win a game. besides, being clutch is hitting shots when your team needs a bucket, not just to win. all that stat means is that the cavs have needed more last second chucks to win a game than l.a.

  • NJ4Life

    ^while lebron’s played vs when kobe has

  • Static

    Then again, Bron never passed off to Luke Walton for the game winner either…haha

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    DWade brought the gold back to the States. 30+ points in the gold medal game???? MVP of the Olympics.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    what is wrong with passing to a wide open teammate who happens to be a good shooter to win a game? is it a better decision to take a contested j?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Iggy Iggy Iggy
    Can’t you see (uh-huh)
    Sometimes your shots just hypnotize me (yeah)

  • a_whiteman

    maybe if gasol got more shots the game wouldnt have been so close…

  • donlaker

    THEY had a foutain of points with gasol in the low block, the lakers give another opponent a chance to take the game , turnovers (18) ,trever
    was scared to foul him, and it cost the lakers a game im sure practice today will be mega laps….
    phil work that bonehead play out of them, (in sweat)
    the cavs have a game on you and it will be hard to get it back , lebron has a soft schedule for 2 weeks

  • http://ball2live.com/forums/ ball2live

    ooooooooooooooooooooooomg

  • j.soc

    jersey king ur right bout the coaches but even if he were a rookie he woulda known to foul. its coomon sense

  • lakers_defense

    thank you kobe for ruining yet another game…lakers were up 11 until you came in and tanked it…-9 with you in the game

  • j-smoov 5

    Dang it. He could’ve contested it better. But I understand the 0 for 6 part on Iggy’s 3′s earlier.

  • Harlem_World

    Kobe’s defense is very overrated, and is one of the most glaring areas of disparity between MJ and him. In his prime, Jordan was the best perimeter defender bar none. Kobe’s never been close to that. If anything, this Wade campaign for MVP has some solid legs to it if you look at what he does compared to Kobe.

  • http://holleringinto.wordpress.com/ Nick the Great

    Not Ariza’s fault. It was the entire teams fault for letting the Sixers back into the game when they were down fourteen at the start of the fourth. You can’t not put a team away and still expect to win. Great shot by ‘Dre, but should have been a Lakers win. They seem to play to the level of their competition sometimes, hopefully they’ll focus when it comes playoff time.

  • http://holleringinto.wordpress.com/ Nick the Great

    Not Ariza’s fault. It was the entire teams fault for letting the Sixers back into the game when they were down fourteen at the start of the fourth. You can’t not put a team away and still expect to win. Great shot by ‘Dre, but should have been a Lakers win. They seem to play to the level of their competition sometimes, hopefully they’ll focus when it comes playoff time.

  • http://holleringinto.wordpress.com/ Nick the Great

    Also, I still love Kobe’s ability to hijack any thread on any topic. What I have learned so far, Kobe is not a good defender, Kobe is not actually clutch, Kobe actually hurt team USA in their gold medal bid. Sounds like a poor man’s Harold Minor, no? I tell you, there’s just not a polarizing bone in Kobe’s body.

  • Nate James

    as much as i hate the lakers. but think about it. no matter what team kobe’s on he could win.
    im telling you. he will find ways.
    he may not win much but he could help out any team in the nba.
    the best always gets critized. for what kobe does he is the best. im not even a kobe fan but still. He is great. he does what no one else can do.
    and i think the reason why he doesnt lead in 4th quarter scoring is because his team usually isnt down in the 4th. he can take a break.
    just think about it. if you had to pick 5 nba players. Kobe will be in their guarnted.
    first bid hall of famer.

  • Danny W UK

    Iggy made a great clutch shot. I don’t see anyone blaming Bryon Russell when Mike shot a game winner over him.

    Yeah I know they had a foul to give, but Trevor did a good job taking away his drive, and didn’t overly challege the shot, giving the refs a chance to call a foul on a 3. He just face guarded him very well.

    Iggy just made a great shot. Time to move on.

  • karma

    I hate people who try using stats to justify everything. Guys like Dennis Rodman would not be legends if stats accounted for everything (sans rebounding in his case). Obviously Kobe is not going to be top 3 in clutch scoring…how many close games have the Lakers had this year? Definetly not as much as the Cavs and Heat, that’s for damn sure. Yep, like Nick said…Kobe’s a terrible clutch player (all the clutch shots he’s made obviously dont mean sh*t), he almost cost USA the gold (of course, being clutch in the gold medal game doesnt count for anything), and his defense is worse than Steve Nash’s. All the Laker fans must be crazy, their franchise player sounds like the 6’6 version of Michael Olowakandi!

  • chintao

    Fil’s fault. The coaching staff is supposed to remind players of little things, like how many fouls the team has to give. Amazingly, Kobe was not driving the bus that Fil and Pau just threw Razor under.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    @j.soc – you are right but then it would be accepted as a rookie mistake

    I mean Dorell Wright of the Heat hasnt played for a while and recently he was bringing the ball up court, crossed half court and passed to a teammate in the backcourt (no pressure was on him) – sometimes players heads arent in the game – but at the end of a close one, Ariza, a veteran, shoulda known….

  • method526

    iggy’s worked on his shot and it’s improved notably. trevor needs to watch some tape.

  • philly boy

    lets all stop arguing…jus accept the fact….philadelphians..we’re just smply the best

  • DJR

    MACGYVER – where the hell did you get the clutch shot stat from?? I find it hard to believe that having been in the league alot more years than LeBron that Mamba has only taken 6 more game winning shots.

    T-MONEY – big travel by Dre. Check around the 30sec mark for the best shot. But then again, how many people would be here whinging that the league refs for the Championship calibre teams if he had been called.

    Check the arc on Dre’s shot as well, that thing almost went to the rafters. Swear it looks like hail mary when he threw it up there, I think the reason got so excited with that fan on the side is because they were as surprised as each other. Ha!

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