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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Calls The Lakers’ Defense “Nonexistent” Reviewed by Momizat on . In Thursday night's game against the Clippers, the Lakers scored 101 points and shot 50,7 percent from the field. That's a win, right? Not if you give up a seas In Thursday night's game against the Clippers, the Lakers scored 101 points and shot 50,7 percent from the field. That's a win, right? Not if you give up a seas Rating:
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Calls The Lakers’ Defense “Nonexistent”

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NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles LakersIn Thursday night’s game against the Clippers, the Lakers scored 101 points and shot 50,7 percent from the field. That’s a win, right? Not if you give up a season-high 125 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the field and 53.3 percent from the three-point line. No, that is not the way you want to go into the All-Star break, especially when you aren’t in playoff position yet.

Kobe Bryant wasn’t happy with the team’s performance last night, as they failed to rise to the challenge. Kobe had the following to say after the game last night:

“The Lakers’ defense “was nonexistent,” Bryant said.

“They made a lot of shots, and they really broke the game open by getting out in transition,” he added. “It’s a step back. We just have to regroup.”

The Lakers have struggled with transition defense throughout the season, as they lack the youth and athleticism to keep up with fast teams like the Clippers. On Thursday the Lakers gave up 15 fast break points, and the Clippers were able to capitalize on the Lakers’ 16 turnovers with 23 points off those turnovers.

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The Lakers’ perimeter defense was especially absent last night as the Clippers scored 16 three-pointers, which keep them in total control throughout the game. Hopefully, this is a learning experience for the Lakers as they try to make a run for the playoffs.

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  • Crystal

    Yup, Kobe’s right. There was no defense in last night’s game whatsoever. They allowed the Clippers to make 16 3 pointers! That is way too MANY. And I didn’t see any contested shots, nada. I don’t know how D’Antoni expects to rely primarily on offense. DEFENSE wins games.

    • hookedonnews

      D’Antoni has said repeatedly that defense was the key to winning this season. Don’t believe everything you hear or read about Mike D’Antoni. I saw plenty of contested shots (not as many as there should have been), but when you are on a roll like that everything seems to go in. It was just one of those nights when the Clippers couldn’t miss and the Lakers couldn’t buy a 3 pointer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pushbroom Craig Lawrence

    Clippers played with energy. Lakers seem old, sloppy, uninterested, lazy. I still hate the clippers tho.

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