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Doron Lamb in funk, largely forgotten in criticism

Read through the comments on this site and others following yesterday’s loss to Vandy, and you will see a multitude of complaints from fans:

-End of Game execution

-Jones poor shot selection

-Lack of Toughness

-Coach Cal recruiting/coaching ability

-Liggins key turnovers/technical foul

But one thing I have not seen much of is criticism of Doron Lamb’s play over the last 3 games.  Lamb is only averaging 7 ppg in those 3 games, while shooting 33%.  This coming from a guy averaging 14 ppg and shooting 52% on the season.  At one point this season, Lamb was the leading scorer on the team, and he has been a consistent threat and a knock-down shooter the Cats missed last year.  He was a key contributor in attempted comebacks at Alabama and Ole Miss.  And he did all of this while coming off the bench.

But, the last 3 games have shown some gaps in Lamb’s game.  When his jump shot is not falling, he seems to really become a non-factor offensively, passing up shots and not showing much mid-range game.  But yesterday, Lamb was a bigger problem on the defensive end of the floor, including getting burned badly off the dribble at the end of the game.  Coach Cal even pointed out Lamb in his postgame presser (below), criticizing Lamb for a lack of hustle and what he called an “AAU mentality”.

Certainly, with 2 home games this week, Lamb has a chance to get back into his groove, but for the first time this season, we can say that Lamb is in a slump.  And if that continues, the Cats could have the same problem this season as they did last, where a poor shooting night could be their downfall.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

38 Comments for Doron Lamb in funk, largely forgotten in criticism

  1. CatFan4444
    12:37 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    True on Lamb but Liggins didn’t come through on his usual great D…Jenkins got way too many wide open looks….what happened DeAndre?? The whole team needs a gut check as we approach March….come on Fellas

  2. BurnerTurner5
    12:42 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb thinking too much about being a one-and-doner himself?

  3. BTI
    12:46 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Oh look, I finally wrote an interesting post

  4. Claydwildcat
    12:46 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I thought liggins was ok but Uk did not communicate well on screens. I think one big issue is I remember one time the ball going to jorts on the post and he scored over the guy. He made it look easy and we never went back.

  5. Rich
    12:51 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    We couldn’t shut down Jenkins plain and simple. He singlehandedly kept us from shutting the doors on the Dores yesterday. We’ll be fine I was hoping for a Sweet 16 from this team. Still think we can do that or better. SEC road games are bullshite. Neutral court we will be fine.

  6. Guusje84
    12:57 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb might be in a slump, but for any fan to truthfully criticize Cal’s recruiting, or ability as a coach, or our teams efforts need to take a long, precise look at what the f#@k they’re talking about. Think two years ago.. these negative UK fans would suck off a homeless man to have the record/team we do now.. Cal is one of the best coaches, and THE best recruiter in the country. Makes me embarrassed to be a Ky fan after reading some of the ignorant comments from the Vandy game.

  7. John
    1:04 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, Really? Drumming up criticism of a UK player. Not only do you question why no one is criticizing Lamb but you attempt to provide us with reasons why we should. Brian I liken this blog to the type of matter that drops to the ground from the South end of a North bound horse. Suck it!!!

  8. number8??
    1:06 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The only way we can win another ncaa title is for a couple of this years freshmen to stay another year. We will never win it again relying on freshman to lead our teams. Im tired of all these one and done players coming and going. Its hard to build respect for a player when all they think about is the NBA rather than their school. Honestly, i dont think any of this years freshmen is nba ready. Something needs to be done to keep these kids in school.

  9. RealFan
    1:11 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    1. Most of Jenkins point were scored when Knight or someone other than Liggins was guarding him. That T he got was huge because it got his 4th foul quicker which meant he could not guard Jenkins.

  10. RealFan
    1:12 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    6. Completely agree. We should have had to rebuild and Cals said well lets just skip that step. This year is sort of that year. Our future is bright.

  11. Nice...
    1:15 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Man I was just thinking, if Knight and Lamb stay for next year (assuming Jones is gone this year) then we will probably be sending off those two, Gilchrist, Davis, Teague, Miller, Liggins and Eloy Vargas. Dang, Jon Hood and Stacey Poole better be able to contribute by then, or me thins we will be in for a rocky season. Although with Cal’s ability to recruit, you never know!

    On a side note, I bet Jarod Polson will be better than Michael Porter his senior season.

  12. david9638
    1:16 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Can you hear yourselves pointing fingers? According to our unspoken law, what happens on the road is exactly what is supposed to happen. Vandy is a ranked opponent and is supposed to win in their own gym. We played pretty well yesterday and lost to a good opponent, their is no shame in that. We all expect to win every game in Rupp , don’t we, and we have. I see no need for real concern other than seeding in the tournament. I really want to be in the toughest bracket and have to play our way out of it than take the easy way out or take the Duke of last year way with the easiest road to the final four.Our team has a player or two every game to come up big and i also know how much better we play now compared to November. A deep run into april is expected and with our support, i think, it will happen. Sometimes i think we don’t take a look at the big picture. We have yet to be blown out on an opposing court even on our worst nights.i guess all i got to say for now….GO BIG BLUE

  13. Frank Drebin
    1:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    In my opinion I dont think they get it to Lamb enough. If his 3 point shot percentage is around 50 then he should take 10 a game. He is a fantastic shooter and they should be setting picks and plays for him all night. Is is really that hard to figure out? The guy can shoot so get him the ball!
    GO CATS!!

  14. jc#1
    1:27 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb hasn’t been shooting very well but give him the shots that Jones forces and UK would be better off.They are not getting him involved in the offense enough.Jones is a great player and we love him but take what comes easy while running the offense.

  15. bung
    1:34 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    bk 2 assists…..jones 2 assists….but they got their points man….that defense makes ya tired an stuff, ask lamb. Our 1/2 court motionless offense looks like 5 fat guys passing a medicine ball around. We need to run more and give 100% the entire game and try to put these games out of reach.
    Hood and Polson need to come in the middle of each half. Josh had more assists than the pg and way too few shots cause no one would penetrate and dish. Why is every game close?

  16. Urincatland
    1:37 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    8, I Agree we do need veterans also…. But there isn’t a Coach in the country would tell any of our recruits NO… It would take a dumbass to turn any of our recruits down… Coach Cal, screw all these haters and keep them coming….. Go Big Blue!!

  17. charlie
    1:47 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    15….because it’s conference play, we’re playing against SEC level athletes. The only difference from last year is that we don’t have dominant NBA level players on our squad right now. But we do have lots of talent and we’ll be just fine on a neutral floor with a likely pro-Kentucky crowd.

  18. bung
    1:48 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Love Cals recruits…..but Cal said selfish no hustle.

  19. ya boi
    1:50 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    so ppl think if this team had veterans (AJ Stewart, Kevin Galloway, Matt Pilgrim) we would be 20-3? Those guys aren’t talented enough to play here so I don’t blame Cal for letting them go. The guy can’t just make juniors and seniors appear out of mid-air. Give the guy some time to recruit his players.

  20. jmac1962
    2:27 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Personally I would like to know what’s up with Stacey Poole. Nobody seems to be saying much about him. It’s not good when Polson gets more minutes than you.

  21. Bc
    2:37 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb isn’t involved in the offense because he doesn’t get enough shots. . Why? Jones takes them all! Bring Jones In off the bench. . . Toward the end of the half!!!

    2:45 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb is lost in the offense !! Lamb has no idea where to go; watch Cal during the game, he is constantly yelling at Lamb where to go. Lamb has a huge attitude problem; someone needs to knock him down, that’s a senior leaders job. Lamb can shoot, but he gives up if his shot isn’t falling & drags on defense. This is where John Wall would have gone over and ripped his ass, and Knight won’t.

  23. Lamb is gone
    2:47 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Drew Diener said on his show this morning that all 3 freshmen are gone after the season. He spoke with an NBA scout at the uofl/cuse game.

  24. Ernest
    2:52 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    This year we have several really good individuals but an average team.

  25. Ernest
    2:57 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Ever notice how hard we have to work on defense getting thru picks and doubles while a team guarding UK can rest while on defense? It’s basic basketball folks.

  26. Viren
    3:00 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Okay last season when Cousins was not playing up to his potential he took a seat next to Coach Cal. Well he can’t use the same approach to motivate Jones because there isn’t a body on the bench that would fill his void to make a teaching points. I think these freshman’s have to listen to the coach and correct errors if they want to improve and win some games. Although I don’t think the problem for most part was not the freshman’s it was the upperclassmen, who seem to be showing some life after the Tennessee game. I did not think this team was going to steam roll through regular season but we should not have lost to Ole Miss, Bama, and Georgia. There is still plenty of time to finish strong in the SEC as 4 of our next 5 are at home.

  27. test
    3:09 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink


  28. WRT
    3:48 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    23) you believe everything you hear? Wow an NBA scout said they were going pro! That must be a first. I thought scouts were there to encourage the players to get a masters degree.

    Lamb doesn’t come across as the smartest guy we have on the team. I doubt he studies with Knight is what I’m sayin. I think 22 is exactly right about Lamb. He seems lost on and off the court. He is only 18 though maybe he can learn.

  29. CatScratch
    3:50 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    28) My nephew has a class with Lamb and he told me Lamb hasn’t been there in weeks.

  30. KevinC
    4:02 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Doron is a FRESHMAN for crying out loud…he’s ALLOWED to have a rough patch. This team shouldn’t be relying on it’s freshmen as much as it is; that Knight and Jones have carried the team for the entire season is pretty sad…if not amazing.

    That being said, I think he’ll get his groove back soon. And the more I think about this team, and all their close losses, the more I think there’s still hope. They remind me of another Wildcat team, that was very young, lost a lot of games prior to the tourney (9), got a #5 seed….and went on to win the NCAA Champ. Yes, THOSE Wildcats. As much as I hate Arizona basketball (well….Miles Simon and Mike Bibby, mostly), I like the idea of this year’s UK squad following in the footsteps of the ’97 Arizona Champs.

  31. Go cats
    4:20 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    1 Knight was on him because liggins got in foul trouble.. Knight was on him good to hes just a great shooter.

  32. Go cats
    4:22 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    OH crap 28 that doesnt sound good does it?????????????

  33. UKhoopshysteria
    4:42 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    You people that claim Lamb looks lost on the floor obviously don’t know how to move without the ball. He and Knight are great at setting up defenders and running them off screens. You can’t always dribble drive like most morons have been brainwashed to believe.

  34. 2020
    4:45 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Twice yesterday, as Vandy swung the ball around toward an open defender on the wing, the UK defender (Vargas in 1st half, Liggins in 2nd half) were taking steps away from their man, giving wide open looks (both resulted in made 3s). Not sure what defense scheme requires wing defenders to collapse in the middle while the ball is at the top of the key and being rotated to their man.

  35. Balls O'plenty
    5:56 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Would Lamb play better if his eyes weren’t crossed? Got to think it hurts him a bit.

  36. Andrew
    6:37 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Jones is most certainlly taking some of Lamb’s, Liggins, Miller’s, and Jorts’ shots but against Vandy Miller or Lamb couldn’t hit the ocean from the Santa Monica Pier. Something is up with Lamb and any way you slice it, it’s bad. He has the Randolph Morris aloof look, combined with Darnell’s low eyes from last year, and some smug ass look on his face after every game. If you scroll down to the blog a little to the picture of Jones sitting on the gorund after the game you see a lot about Lamb from the expression on his face. Everyone else is upset looking and he’s laughing, he’s soft, complaining about practice and being tired and that kind of stuff. Even if you are tired you don’t tell the media that, it makes you look weak and Cal look bad, and that’s bs. If Lamb had Knight’s work ethic he’d be in the starting line-up. Now even having said all that I agree with what someone said above about bringing TJ off the bench and starting Lamb, I think that will help everyone get going early and that is the key to this team. Jones will get his shots no matter, we need the vets and Lamb and Knight to get going early to relieve pressure off TJ

  37. Frank Drebin
    11:13 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    So nobody thinks that a guy shooing 50% should get more shots? That truly amazes me.

  38. Lou eaton
    10:03 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Funny thing about these fan complaints. They are the same ones that have afflicted this team all year and continue to be glaring to everyone. Do not expect this to change as it really is what it is and will not change until we get more players…period!!!