Our defense is laughable.
We haven't consistently gotten "key" or clutch stops all year, there's no gear we can switch to late in games..
Worse, we consistently struggle to stop anyone at any time.
Pau is the worst on that end, closely followed by Nash and Jamison, with Kobe's off the ball defense deserving notoriority too. We're very slow, have little chemistry, have seemingly no adjustable system, and our effort is extremely inconsistent.
The opposition will just play pick and roll with whoever Pau's guarding as the screener. WHOEVER. And they'll score.
If the opposing PG is athletic, he'll just take Nash 1 on 1 and blow by him with ease.
If a wing player drives to the rim with Dwight out of the game = layup / dunk. If a wing player drives to the rim with Dwight in the game = Dwight will contest the shot, and it'll be either a block, a make, or a miss that will fall right into Dwight's man who is unguarded because our guys don't help the helper.
If a hard screen is set against ANY of our perimeter players, he'll be taken out of the play.
If we turn the ball over (we do it like 15 times a game), miss a jumper or sometimes even make a jumper, the opposition will run and probably score.
If Kobe's playing off the ball (guarding a shooter), and the opposing PG is athletic, Kobe will overhelp on Nash and his man will get open 3s. The same will happen with other mismatches.
Dwight will goaltend 1-2 shots a game.
Dwight will always be in foul trouble, and anytime he's out of the game = layup line.
What's worse is that there seems to be no intention from the coaching staff to make system adjustments.. We're just relying on "extra effort", "just play hard", "chemistry", which doesn't bode well for us because we lack athleticism, our players aren't healthy, we have some dumb players, our chemistry isn't good for a number of reasons (most important: injuries), and level of effort is a rollercoaster variable.
"The first time I ever saw my uniform hanging in the locker I put it on right away, and it just felt like I was putting on golden armour. From that day forward, I just called it 'the golden armour', it just felt like there was something mystical and magical about it" - Kobe Bryant.