khmrP wrote:I did give O a pass due to being a new system and there were several plays that looked great but the D was disgusting.
I agree about the D. We are just letting teams run up the score. I do believe the O will take care of itself. I really do.
On D, however, we are just letting people drive around us at will. Gasol and Blake can't guard anyone face-up. They just can't. And all it takes is one little fake to create 5 feet of space for an open 18-footer.
More evident in pre-season, we were taking our eyes off our opponent and letting them cut to the basket for a dunk.
Our team D and help rotations are terrible, and it's glaring because Bynum is gone. Bynum was the best help defender I've seen on the Lakers in a long time (though he did get lazy last season). I think Dwight is still figuring it out, but you gotta just learn to trust your teammates.