where did Phil go wrong in his tactics? i believe he overplayed the "foul" card and it shows in this comment by his player:http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dime-080613
"The whole game, from the minute I came in, they called fouls on me. He fell down, foul. I was trying to find a way to guard him for 48 minutes, and everything I did was a foul. He got me. He went to the basket, and it was a good basket. I don't know what else to say," Vujacic said, half-forlorn, half-disgusted as he stood in front of his locker in a morose Lakers dressing room.
Did he expect Allen to drive left instead of right? Did he expect stronger help to come?
"I wanted to stay with him, I wanted to stay aggressive, but again, there would be a foul. So I kind of stood back, I gave him the room to operate, and he went to the basket, so that was a bad defensive decision on my side," Vujacic said. "It doesn't matter, help or not, we came out and were supposed to be more aggressive, and not let him breathe at the top of the key. It's a tough loss, it hurts, but we're not done yet."
his players bought into the foul hype so much, they forgot to just suck it up and play through adversity, they basically, far as i could tell, quit when the going got tough ... i believe Doc's approach of saying "yes, the lakers were more aggressive" and challenging his team to overcome calls was what gave them the edge last nite.
p.s. btw, philly jack has lost only once when leading at half by double digits in the playoffs ... that was a 10 point halftime lead against the knicks he blew in 1994 ... aside from that, he has never lost a game in the playoffs when leading by 7 points or more at half ...
philly jack, meet the new big 3!!!!!