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Robic: Lamb “knows how to play”

By Keith Taylor

LEXINGTON – Doron Lamb has developed a reputation as one of Kentucky’s top dependable players off the bench. If he keeps his production up, he may soon find a place in the starting lineup. “He needs to be on the court,” Kentucky assistant coach John Robic said afterward. “He really knows how to play.”
Lamb indeed gave the Cats a lift off the bench and scored 13 points in a 91-57 rout over Boston Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. Lamb provided an instant spark when the team was struggling and scored eight points in the opening half that kept the hosts in control despite a 20-minute challenge from the Terriers.
Because of his first-half showing, Lamb started the second frame and added five more points for his final tally. In addition to his scoring output, Lamb also dished out five assists, collected one steal and had just two turnovers in 27 minutes on the floor.
In the team’s first outing since losing to Connecticut in the finals of the Maui Invitational, Lamb and the Cats wanted to showcase more of an unselfish attitude as opposed to the selfish showing the team displayed against the Huskies. Instead of forcing the issue, the Lamb said the team focused on making the extra pass on offense led to the team’s open shots on the perimeter.
“Coach (John) Calipari told us it was going to be a big thing in the game,” he said. “In Maui, he said that we were selfish and we were trying to lay the ball up between three people when there were open guys in the corners. So, we were just trying to be unselfish and pass the ball to the open man and make shots.”
On the defensive end of the court, Lamb switched assignments with teammate Brandon Knight as part of a “new wrinkle” to make matters complicated for the guests, especially in the second half. Lamb adjusted to a role that opposing teams may see more of in the future.
“We were impressed how he guarded on (the) ball defense tonight,” Robic said. “We put him on the point guard and moved Brandon (Knight) off the ball, so that was something new for us, and he gives us a little bit better size in doing that. He knows how to score the ball.  I mean, he knows how to play. He has a great feel for the game.”
Although his offensive skills are obviously plentiful, Lamb competitive spirit on the other end of the court could result in more minutes as the season progresses.
“That’s the main thing that coach (Calipari) cares about is defense,” he said. “If we play defense, we stay on the court.”
Robic and Kentucky coach John Calipari would like to see Lamb become more vocal when he’s on the floor.
“We have to get him to be able to talk,” Robic said. “That’s the biggest drawback with Doron right now.  If we can get him to talk, that again is another way to make our team much better. “
Lamb said he’s making strides with his communication skills and is getting more comfortable six games into his collegiate career.
“It (communicating) was hard when I first got here, but now, I’m getting better. I’m starting to talk (more) on the court and in practice.”

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  1. LindaS

    I have been wondering why Lamb has not started any games yet, off the bench he is a the most reliable player we have. Go Cats! Neuter Thamel.

  2. Pauline

    I think Lamb is going to be the sleeper on this team, like his style of play.

  3. Karen Sprinkle

    I agree, Linda and Pauline. He was really getting after it on defense. And frankly, I like Liggins coming off the bench–it seems to fire him up more. Benching Miller to start the second half seemed to light a fire under him. He still had a rough game (I did have to laugh when he beat himself in the head with the basketball after blocking a shot out of bounds), but he seemed to play harder during the second half. This season is going to be fun!

  4. Nashville Cat

    I say start Lamb and keep Miller on the bench for awhile. obviously we need Millers big body in the game, but only if he plays like he can. It did seem to light him up in the 2nd half. I like Liggins starting over Miller simply because we need D more than we need a scorer. Liggins can do both, but he is ridiculous on D.

    I do like what lamb brings off the bench. and, we will probably need him to play some PG if Knight get into foul trouble.


  5. LindaS

    @NashvilleCat you had to throw Josh in there didn’t you? LOL His double double I think was the highlight of the game. Joe B on his 82nd b-day being the Y and his nomination to the Hall of Fame, FINALLY! PRICELESS. Check out these videos of Josh after the game. The second one is really good and I think I hear Larry’s voice in it. Josh is off my radar now since I deleted the friend request. Enes at least looks at my site, he tagged a pic I had of him and another person in my photo album on FB. http://blogs.courier-journal.com/ericcrawford/2010/12/01/video-the-josh-harrellson-stand-up-act/ Go Cats! VOTE FOR JOE B! NEUTER THAMEL!

  6. bigbluefans4uk.com

    Harrellson is on fire. Sure look forward to seeing a similar intensity and production from Vargas, Hood, and Miller.

  7. I kind of like having Lamb come off the bench to provide scoring and energy. This team needs a guy on the bench to do that

  8. MarkStephens

    Josh has really set the pace with his hussle,quick feet and help D.But most of all rebounding. D.Lamb is good Cal knows best, D.Liggins “SLOW” down just a touch. My biggest concern is D.Miller @ fouls and out of the game in 10 mins. last few games 4 fouls last night with 10 to go this will kill us to be a good KENTUCKY team this year in my OMHO needs to be a leader not do it all he doesn’t need to ‘SHAKE THE FUNK”> B.Knight and T. Jones wow only will get better=J.Hood keep workin hard its coming

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