The Lakers Problem You Haven’t Read About

Metta World Peace tries to deflect the pass from Paul Pierce.JPG
Metta has been LA’s Savior on Defense (Photo: Lakers Topbuzz)

The Lakers big home win over OKC yesterday was proof that their Big 5 can play great basketball together.  The key to the win for LA was their lockdown D on Russell Westbrook.  The Thunder lead guard missed 16 shots, committed 4 turnovers and 5 fouls.  He made just 4 free throws in 39 minutes.  Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant deserve a lot of credit for stepping up on defense.

As usual the Lakers shot and rebounded well but lost the turnover battle (-4) as Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combined for 6 turns.  I dissected this trend in a new article available at Hoops Habit.

Read the full story here.

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