Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Lakers continue to strive for growth, better defenses

Too often, the Lakers offered weak defensive resistance, which allowed teams from the lower NBA range like Oklahoma City to exploit that weakness.

After the Thunder hit the Lakers again on Thursday night after another major crash, Los Angeles fell further in its defensive ratings.

The Lakers are down 112 points per game, ranking 27th in the 30-team league. They allow teams to shoot 45.9% of their shots (24th) and 35.2% of their three-pointers (21st).

Oklahoma City fell sharply from 19 points to win on Thursday. Last week, the Thunder made an even bigger deficit against the Lakers, coming back down 26 to earn a win.

Lakers center DeAndre Jordan, a two-time NBA defender, was asked after training on Friday what was lacking in his team’s defense.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily one thing,” Jordan said. “But I believe we are making progress. I think we have seen great periods of jerking off us. We have collected enough to win games, but we still have a long way to go. We can still get much better. “

Like striker Anthony Davis, whom Lakers coach Frank Vogel described as questionable to play Saturday night in Portland with a sprained right thumb, and center Dwight Howard, Jordan is the Lakers’ last line of defense.

Jordan watches the action and says he sees the “great defenders” in the Lakers in the form of Avery Bradley, Kent Basemore, Russell Westbrook and the Rondo District.

“We have to find a way to put it all together,” Jordan said. “But I think that one is holding the ball, we communicate with each other, being on a leash. And, you know, that’s not an excuse, because no team in the league has a lot of practice time to learn the circuit. So, we kind of study them and study each other in the game, during the filming of films. So when we have more minutes with each other, I think we will see some progress on that. “

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Disappointment seeped out after being defeated by Thunder.

The Lakers have high expectations and are moving at a slow pace, especially on defense.

“Yes, we have high hopes,” Vogel said. “We’ll be a little nervous when we lose. I hope we get nervous when we lose … both the movie today and the work on the court today were really about growth. Failure is a fertilizer for growth. This is the mindset you should have.

“To play the way we play, you win alone, you may not be as focused or focused on fixing things or improving. So I think there is a pinch in it. We had a good shooting, positive, productive. … We have a good system and we strive to stay positive, stay together and grow every day. “



When: 19:30, Saturday.

On air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet; Radio: 710, 1330.

Update: The Lakers will face the Trail Blazers in one match after another, with Portland hosting Indiana on Friday night. Damian Lillard isn’t having his best filming season. Lillard averaged 19.5 points, the lowest since his rookie in 2012-13 to his Friday night game. He knocked down career lows from the field (35.3%) and from the three-point distance (23.4%). But Lillard averages 8.5 assists, fourth in the NBA.

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