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Lakers Defense Struggles, Gives Up 62 To Thompson And Lee

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After an exhilarating Opening Night win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers found themselves down early and often to the Golden State Warriors behind huge games from both Klay Thompson and David Lee. Many wondered how well the Lakers would be able to defend opposing teams coming into this season, and with the Warriors featuring a team that is poised to give the Lakers problems, tonight was a huge early test.

The first test was an obvious failure as the Lakers gave up 125 points — 62 from Thompson and Lee — while allowing the Warriors to shoot 15 from 27 from three-point land.

The biggest problem on the night was not the number of shots, but where the Lakers allowed the Warriors to get their shots off. For young team that likes to get out on the break, the rule of thumb is to limit the number of three pointers and shots at the rim attempted. 57 percent of the Warriors shots came from those areas, and the Warriors shot 71.4 percent from those areas. That’s a recipe for the disaster we witnessed.

With a team that looks dramatically different from what they were a year ago, working out the kinks of a new defensive system is going to take some time. “[Defense] is something we got to get better at,” said head coach Mike D’Antoni to media following the game. “There was a little lack of speed sometimes. I don’t know if they were tired or physically or emotionally spent.”

The Lakers were on the second of a back-to-back for the first time this season, and had to travel after a hard fought win over the Clippers. Their sluggish start could have been all Thompson needed to get going, and once he got going he didn’t let up. Thompson dropped 38 points on the night, a new career high. “You’re mad you didn’t defend him better,” Nick Young said about Thompson, who shot 15-for-19  on the night. “We let him get off early and got his confidence going.”

The Spurs are heading to Los Angeles for the Lakers third game of the season on Friday. If the Lakers continue to defend like they did against Golden State, San Antonio is going to give the Lakers problems.

“We definitely have to clamp down,” said Jordan Farmar, who struggled on the night after having a huge game against the Clippers. “You have to give Golden State a lot of credit. They were on top of their game tonight, let’s hope it’s a one-off and let this sour taste motivate us and move forward.”

Moving forward, they must. Much like there wasn’t much to be learned after the win over the Clippers, there isn’t much to be learned after tonight’s game. A new roster, a new coaching staff (assistants), and a new defensive scheme while missing their starting point and shooting guards. This loss isn’t the end of the world, but it showed a glaring weakness that they have on the defensive end of the floor that must be improved on in the coming month.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    People all over the world are talking crap about my Lakers like they are the damn Bobcats come on man.Lets just let things play out a couple months before we make these claims.But people are entitled to their opinions of course.I just think it is too early to gauge where the team is at yet.Defense must improve for the Lakers or else they will get blown out in certain games.GSW is a very good team in the west,Lakers are not supposed be a playoffs team according to the haters coughs i mean experts.Prove them haters all wrong Lakers!

    Go Lakers!

    • Jim213

      Agree, we aren’t going to see this type of shooting on a consistent basis. But some here disregard defense believing that the team will outscore their opponents.SMH It’s about showing up consistently night in and out to represent the brand

      • Daryl Peek

        Shooters will have off nights, some opponents will be great at smothering the perimeter or stopping penetration… GS did both last night, SMH. Pau has a distinct advantage over most big’s in the NBA, he’s skilled enough to command the post. Pau was the weak link last night, IMO. He’s the leader and must lead by example! His effort has to be a staple every night. (something you and I have argued in the past Jim) If he can’t do that were in big trouble this season!

        Kobe cannot be expected to come back and save us if his partner is not gonna hold the fort down.

        • Jim213

          Agree, not expecting the team to reach the conference finals this season. Build better chemistry, resign the players that show consistency to help with team depth, and hope management can lure another franchise player come 2014 FA.

  • Terrence

    Back-to-backs on the first opening days of the season suck no matter which team it is. Guys aren’t in mid-season form and their conditioning isn’t what it will be at later in the season. NBA schedulers really need to start getting their heads examined. Much rather they extend the season to cut down on the number of back-to-backs all teams have to deal with.

  • quickster007

    C’mon, guys, when did a Dantoni coach team play defense. Think of the Lakers as the new Phoenix Suns when Dantoni was coaching that team. They will try to outscore the other team cause there is no defense.

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