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Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  21 responses

The Lakers’ Terrible Defense Cost Them Another Game


Though they made a valiant effort, and had a chance to even things up in the dying moments of last night’s game in San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers were once again doomed by their awful defense. The 108-105 loss to the Spurs was the Lakers’ fifth in a row, and their season continues to spiral down the drain. Per the LA Times: “Kobe Bryant leads the NBA in scoring and standing around on defense, idly watching in the third quarter as Danny Green made a three-pointer. Bryant also came up empty on a few misguided steal attempts that might have left his teammates feeling robbed. “We just have to work on our execution,’ Bryant said in a feeble attempt to pinpoint his team’s defensive shortcomings, ‘and keeping guys out of the paint and keeping them out of the middle.’ The Lakers failed to account for much of anyone, ignoring Stephen Jackson as he hit a three-pointer that gave the Spurs 101 points … with 7 minutes 7 seconds left in the game. The Lakers’ defensive indifference in the early and middle portions of the game rendered a late comeback meaningless. ‘When you fall asleep one time it’s too many,’ head coach Mike D’Antoni said, “but when it’s four or five times then you almost have to play a perfect game offensively.’ Time is running out on the Lakers to get this fixed after they gave up at least 100 points for the 17th time in 25 games under D’Antoni, whose defense could be a bigger flop than Mike Brown’s Princeton offense. Maybe D’Antoni should check to see if his predecessor left some of those DVDs on defense around the practice facility. The Lakers have given up 104.2 points per game under D’Antoni versus 98.8 under Brown. Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff should be elevated to defensive coordinator considering that the Lakers yielded an average of 92.2 points in his five games as interim coach. [...] Steve Nash pooh-poohed the Lakers’ defensive issues against the Spurs, noting the absence of his team’s primary front line. But even an optimist knows things must change. ‘When we get our big guys back, then there’s no excuses,’ Nash said. ‘We really have to build the defense and do a better job.’ Making the playoffs depends on it.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Marcel Mutoni has had enough.

  • thetruth

    Im a huge Lakers Fan and never say anything about Kobe after losses….. but his defense last night was awful… 0 effort.

  • Redd

    Man, if you’d have told me in the beginning of the season it’d be better to be a Bulls fan this season without Derrick Rose than to be a Lakers fan with Kobe, Dwight, and Nash playing..I’d have smacked you & ran away.

  • Anthony Dixon

    i wish the news on this team would go away

  • zogs19994

    CARMELO?

  • Redd

    That was a punch genius.

  • bike

    It’s probably safe to say at this point that firing Brown and replacing him with Mike D. accomplished absolutely nothing.

  • spit hot fiyah

    next thing u know he will stop using paragraphs like the rest of the writers

  • Death Kid

    They’re actually good without Pau and Dwight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    This starts at the top. When ur leader (Kobe) is not playing ANY defence (how many times in the 3rd quarter was Ginobili left ALONE as Kobe tried to play the passing lanes, and was like 10 feet away from him, as he got a pass and threw down a dunk? one of them was that amazing and 1 slam on Sacre) how do u expect the rest of them to? Kobe is quick to point out that his teammates arent playing any D, or that his TEAM isnt defending well enough, but he himself continues to play horrendous D. Its getting humorous at this point, yet sad at the same time.

  • zogs19994
  • Redd

    LOL wrong again you gigantic remedial dummy, it was a punch. I remember I was watching the game & everyone else knows it was a punch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Its surprising that someone as meticulous as Kobe is with watching tape, etc, can’t see that HE is one of the reasons the Lakers have “poor execution” (one of his favourite phrases) on defense. I mean, I know defense is hard to play when you’re exerting a lot on the offensive side of the ball, but it is not impossible to just focus and STICK TO YOUR MAN instead of ball-watching (that’s all Kobe does). Stop gambling and maybe your damn team would execute better.

    /rant

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Passing PJ was the worst thing they ever did. Not only in terms of coaching experience, but the fact that his system is designed to reduce the amount of possessions of each team, which works in the Lakers favor since they SHOULD BE running a half court offense given their personnel.

  • zogs19994

    “gigantic remedial dummy”

    -

    TRYING HARD TO PROVE THAT YOU’RE NOT AN IDIOT (STILL ARE)

  • Redd

    By saying gigantic remedial dummy? LOL

    Okkkk, you’re an idiot saying it’s a slap. Sit down caps lock.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the thing that is constantly overlooked about D’Antoni’s system is that the defense is 100% reliant on a dominant, uber efficient offense. If they don’t have that, their defense is really really really really gonna suffer.

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    the Lakers real problem is a complete lack of, depth, accountability, health, & chemistry.

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    it’s not their coach. The team was awful under two, polar opposite coaches. pointing a finger at the coach when there is clearly sooooooo much more wrong with the team is dumb.

  • LakeShow

    I agree… I think it’s dumb to try and pin-point the Lakers issue on one side of the ball, or a certain player(whether it be Pau, Dwight, or KB) or a certain play, or the coach.

    The team sucks right now. They are awful. They aren’t doing anything well really.

    Either they are going to start meshing when everyone’s back and healthy or not. There is no point in judging this team right now. They have yet to play a game where everyone is healthy for sh*ts sake.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    at least a couple of people see this i guess

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Yet Bryant will find his way onto another undeserving all-defensive team selection.

  • Bored

    yeah too many people think they have the “ANSWER” for this.

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