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Sunday Hot Topic: Doron Lamb

While Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis continue to dominate the headlines for their impressive play, a lot of talk after the win over Tennessee centers around Doron Lamb. For the second game in a row, Lamb did not start, a move which Calipari says was intended to light a fire under the sophomore sharpshooter:

“He’s doing OK. I mean, he needs to be better. Needs to be better. You’ve got a scoring guard that, there’s no one in this league that’ll say ‘Leave him alone.’ So when he’s out there, they’ve got to play him, which opens up the court for everybody else. … I’m bringing him off the bench just to make him fight for the spot. Fight. You want to start? Fight for it.”

Lamb made only one of seven shots yesterday, finishing with four total points, the fewest since his two-point performance against Arkansas last season. Earlier this season, Calipari called Lamb the “best player on the team,” and at times, Lamb looked absolutely unstoppable; however, in the new year, Lamb has struggled, with Cal questioning his effort in practice and in games.

Are we making mountains out of molehills again? Did Lamb just have a bad game? How do you think he will respond to Calipari’s challenge?

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58 Comments for Sunday Hot Topic: Doron Lamb

  1. Mr Schwump
    3:39 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    He’s obviously been hanging with Darious Miller.

  2. uk-fan
    3:40 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    no, “we” are not making mountains out of molehills. you are, though.

  3. Another Perspective
    3:40 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    He’s had a bit of a slump. But he’s still a hella baller.

  4. Ukfanincincy
    3:45 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Davis and Wall will team up in Washington next year!

  5. UK Rifle >>> WVU Rifle
    3:45 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Halftime :
    USC 29 28
    ladies are 0-5 from the 3, and not rebounding

  6. Old Henry Man
    3:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone else hear Jay Williams on the All-star game. He was pushing Jefferson to Duke.

  7. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    3:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll be fine, just hasn’t been shooting well lately. I feel like he was playing with more energy early in the season, though.

  8. BleedingBlueInTexas
    3:48 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Is a molehill more than a handful/mouthful? If yes…..then yes, you are.

  9. Cat fan in the vill
    3:49 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with 2,3. He is fine. He has been a rock for this team all year and will again.

  10. Mr Schwump
    3:53 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    5, sounds like they’re having trouble putting it in the hole.

  11. cayts
    4:01 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    no big deal when at least one of darius/doron are hitting 3s/open shots. but when both are missing (like past few weeks) then cal believes he’s gotta do something. prob has more confidence in doron since darius is in his third year & isn’t dependable every night

  12. dgtuk
    4:02 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    How will he respond….Hope its not…..”baa….baa”

  13. by
    4:04 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    This blog make a mountain out of a mole hill? The UK fan base make a mountain out of a mole hill? How preposterous…

  14. UK Rifle >>> WVU Rifle
    4:05 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Mr Schwump, USC has the top D in the SEC and so far it has been their game plan with the low score. If UK wins they take sole possession since the Gators beat LSU earlier today. You are correct, UK is not shooting well today. They need to stop getting beat on the rebounds

  15. GrumpyOldDude
    4:06 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone ask Cal about that odd Technical he got during the UT game? Haven’t seen any question or reply on it.

  16. Blue Jeezy
    4:18 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #14 I’m with u on the rebounding. That is one surprise to me with this team is that they have struggled in that area. The scary thing is they are always the next game away from putting it all together and they still have time to do it. And if they do, well we all know how special it could be. Lamb and Jones performing at their top level, Darius stepping up and doing more like we know he can consistently and which he has shown us in the past, and MKG and Davis doing their thing, it’s the best team in the country hands-down, just like I’ve thought from day one, with UNC just having an edge on us as far as experience and seasoning. But obviously, they’re struggling right now, so lets be thankful we’re not waking up today to their debacles, and let’s hope our boys r able to step it up and round into form because it will be an unforgettable ride if they do. And thats what keeps me looking forward to watching this team each night, even through some of these rough stretches, is knowing the potential is there.

  17. GoCats2
    4:27 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently we just need something to talk about. This is a great team that is going to do great things in March. Some players will have off nights while other players have great nights. Teague has been our topic, then Jones, now Lamb with a little Miller thrown in every once in awhile. This team will be fine as long as everyone doesn’t have a bad game at the same time. That is why no one on this team will average 18-20 points because it is going to somebody different every game.

  18. wtf
    4:29 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    He is 19 years old he is going to. Have bad games….. find something else to write about. Every week you all pounce on players.

  19. UK Rifle >>> WVU Rifle
    4:29 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    45 – 45 with about 8 to go

  20. tdr76
    4:30 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb is a great player, great players rise to the top, he will be there when we need him. I am a Lamb fan.

  21. bung
    4:39 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    i would start miller and lamb at guards and let teague come off the bench for a while

  22. barn
    4:41 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    no such thing as a mole hill. everything is a mountain

  23. Han
    4:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb’s been having foul trouble lately, which has clearly frustrated him, but I also think Teague doesn’t look for him enough when they’re on the floor together. Teague’s assist numbers weren’t great Saturday, and while Lamb can create his own shot, he can’t spot up and shoot unless someone gets him the ball.

    The only reason this is really an issue is because we’ve not been taking and hitting enough 3s (seems like Jones and Davis have taken more the last couple games than Lamb), and Lamb wants to go pro, I think, and if he wants to go before late first round, he needs to keep his scoring up.

  24. Lambs mom
    4:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Ya bad post. He will be fine.

  25. The Bottom Line
    4:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Simply put, yes, this is a mountain out of a mole hill. If Doron Lamb played for 100 other NCAA teams, he’d average 25 pts per game and everyone would say he’s the best long distance shooter in the country. The fortunate (or unfortunate reality possibly for Doron in certain games) is that he’s surrounded by other phenom players that also need and deserve to get their shot opportunities. In short, it’s impossible for Davis, MKG, Jones, MIller, Teague, and Doron to all have 20+ pt games night in and night out. There’s only one ball to go around. They, the players, seem to understand this better than many UK fans. I can only speak for myself as one UK fan but I think he’s having an awesome year and will come up big in February and March. 3 Goggles!!!!

  26. BBN
    4:49 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    22) You have to start Teague. He is key to us winning #8. If he keeps progressing and learning under Cal we’re an even harder team to beat. Go Big Blue!

  27. Teague'sBrokenJumper
    4:51 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb look like he hasn’t showered in about a month. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

  28. Catsantonio
    4:52 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    At this point, does anyone think Lamb or Teague will be able to leave for the draft? I’m not sure they could even if they wanted too.

  29. InTheKnow
    4:54 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb and Jones regret not going pro. They were both told the lockout would last all year. Now they aren’t happy. It’s that simple.

  30. Playersfan
    4:58 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    There is no offense to get your best shooter a open shot.

  31. bung
    5:00 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    26) sure teague would help us if he did it right. thats why i was hoping watching some might help. after this many games 1 assist from the pg is hurting us and lamb…

  32. Cats are Gr8
    5:01 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully he will handle it the same way Miller does when he comes off the bench. #29 I’ll take it a step further with Jones and say that he is worried that his stock is falling, he should’ve gone pro last year IMO. This poor season is just showing his warts so to speak. Lamb is upset that he hasn’t had the opportunity to go pro, and he probably won’t after this year either. Maybe reality is setting in…a third year of school.

  33. john4uk
    5:07 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb can’t score if he’s sitting on the bench,and if he does’nt get the ball in his hands when on the floor.Plus Gilchrisrt is taking more shots.

  34. UK Rifle >>> WVU Rifle
    5:08 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK wins beating USC 66-58, and now has sole possession of first place in the SEC! Will be 5-0 heading into Athens this thursday.

    Scorecard for weekend :
    UK women beat UT women
    UK men beat UT men
    UK rifle beats Army rifle
    UK women beat USC on the road

  35. tennessee wildcat
    5:10 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Both Lamb and Jones have pro talent, undoubtedly, but unfortunately, there just aren’t enough basketballs to go around. They can’t all average 20 points a game. If they both do come back for a junior year, they may face the same problem with Muhammad (assuming we probably get him) and Teague around next year. There is still a lot of basketball left, and as long as they can quit worrying and just play, they’ll be all right.

  36. sunnycat
    5:31 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Jones, Lamb and Miller will never do well in a physical game. Just like last year. Cal even mentioned guys not driving and just throwing up shots because they were afraid of contact.

  37. gcat4496
    5:32 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Other teams know where our strengths are now. Lamb is getting no 3 point looks because they are all over him. Do you think opposing teams are just going to say shoot it all you want. Same thing is happening to Jones inside. However, they can’t cover all our guys so one or two of them will get 20 points or so on a given night. Lamb is a pure shooter so he will have some big games.

  38. gcat4496
    5:36 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The other deal is UT has talent. Its not like they are Cupcake city. Stokes is a 5 star recruit and a future lottery pick. Kenny Hall and Maybon were also high level recruits that could play at the next level. Golden & Tatum were also high caliber recruits. When you look at UT’s losses, they were mostly tight games on the road or on a neutral court against NCAA tourney type teams. UT beat Florida by 11 last weekend and Florida held their own at Syracuse and OSU. The College Game is a crazy game.

  39. mashburnfan1
    5:51 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Slumps happen but this team has lots of talent so some guys will not have big numbers every game. EFFORT is the key and both guys are playing tremendous D and giving effort. Millers 1 rebound concerns me more than anything. I bashed TJ after IU game, not because of stats but he gave no effort. Yesterday TJ gave tremendous effort and had a good game, but if he had not scored he still played with effort the team needs to win

  40. Getwhatyougive
    6:06 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    This is the microwave analysis of each and every game that is UK BB …a couple of off games and the sky is falling…if everyone was just putting in 10 a game and we were winning…well we.d be Syracuse…we aren’t.t…we have big games from different guys every night and by default, others stat lines suffer, we are winning, we are dangerous , and we will win no. 8

  41. Cats are Gr8
    6:18 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Its not the ppg avergages that is hurting Jones and Lamb. The pros don’t care about numbers, ask Orton. With Jones its his attitude. With Lamb, its that he is too small to play the 2 in the league.

  42. harley joe
    6:21 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Would someone please explain to me why so many people(especially the talking heads and the KSR writers)think Jones is such a great player? I think he is one of the most over rated players in the country.I will never believe he will be a lottery pick until it actually happens.I did agree with Nesler and Dykes yesterday when they said it was a big deal when he drew his 5th foul. It was big for the Cats,in their favor. I think we are a better “team” with Jones on the bench. Jones is still for Jones as he was last year.

  43. Jones Returns
    6:34 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think Cal needs to quit playing the stupid ass mind games with Jones, Lamb and Miller. Cal’s all about his freshmen, but its these three that will lead us to a championship. The sooner he quits f***Ingram with these guysheads, the better we will be.

  44. fletch
    6:38 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #42, glad
    i am not the only one who thinks jones and lamb are over rated. I will be very surprised if they are drafted in the first 2 rounds. I watch a lot of bgames and have seen a lot of better players. I would through teague in that group also.

  45. Jared
    6:48 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Doron Lamb NEEDS to start case closed…….earlier in the year Miller was better off the bench, So if Lamb starts Miller is coming off the bench……If you are the leading scorer on the team and Cal says he is the best player We have…..HE NEEDS TO START…..

  46. Larry Vaught
    6:53 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why do players like Gillie/Lamb get a pass but BBN is always so quick to attack Teague/Jones when they have an off game? I don’t get it.

  47. Holler Baller
    7:50 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Doron will be the key to bring us #8. Give the young man a break, he’s a winner.

  48. iamthebobcat
    8:14 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    fire another one up Doron – everything will be OK!

  49. BigPerm
    8:20 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    46) Jones and Teague are thugs.

  50. rixter719
    8:37 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    No team in the history of NCAA basketball has ever played at the top of it’s game for an entire season. Now, do you want the boys to play at the top now? Or save it for later???

  51. BlueHaze
    9:00 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    You guys have a distorted perception of collegiate basketball. Get a life.

  52. InternationalPhilosophy
    9:05 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    “Jones and Teague are thugs.”

    On what planet?
    This blog needs a roll-eyes smiley.

  53. Nancy Pelosi has 4 eyebrows
    9:59 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that Lamb doesnt start and Teague does should tell ya something. What a joke!

    GO CATS!!

  54. Bulldawg
    10:21 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Any great scorer that gets a lot of points from the outside is going to have a low scoring game now and then. Add in the fact that this particular team has had 6 players averaging double digits for most of the year and you will see Lamb, Miller, Jones, Teague, Davis, and yes even everyone’s favorite Kidd-Gilchrist have a low scoring night. Why is that so hard to understand? Outside of Miller (because he is a four year Kentucky boy) Lamb is my favorite player. However, I think Davis is the most valuable. Gilchrist is also a great “shot to the arm” every game. These kind of posts just give us something to talk about. It should not be a platform for trolls to blast players. It just seems like KSR is now getting a lot of the moronic crowd that posts on these days.

  55. Syrin
    10:22 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well, Lamb hasn’t shown the same aggression the last several games. Missing shots I can understand, but he’s the best player we have on the team at slashing to the baseline for a lay up and the best at slashing to the middle for a floating 10 footer. Lately, he seems content to give the ball up. Maybe it’s the AWFUL charging calls he’s gotten that’s made him timid.

  56. RickyPVoodooDoll
    10:23 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    RickyP must have got C.L. Brown in line at the C-J, his headline from yesterdays UL game said how “fresh” the Smiths were, not tired at all.

  57. Bulldawg
    10:23 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    continued from 54 – in the comments section…I like these open ended posts Ms. T.T. it makes me feel wanted. lol. I just don’t like that a light will draw bugs.

  58. robuk
    11:41 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb and Jones will be back next year. I cannot believe any NBA GM would take them the way they are so inconsistant. They rarely play to their potential.