Through the first three preseason games, the Los Angeles Lakers have continued to experience many defensive issues.
It’s something that head coach Luke Walton voiced after Friday’s practice that he believes can eventually be fixed with increased attention and work on that end of the floor, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.
Luke Walton on fastest way to fix the defense: “Drill it, drill it, drill it” no “fastest way” to do it. Stressed “repetition” #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) October 6, 2017
Los Angeles has seen those defensive woes become one of the biggest areas of needed improvement in the preseason after allowing teams to average 114.0 points per game while each opponent has topped 100 points in the process. These issues have been prevalent over the last five years as they are the only team in the bottom five in both offensive efficiency (26th) and defensive efficiency (30th) over that span.
Granted, there are many different factors at play with the Lakers that include a roster that features many young players. The team has also had several key players miss time so far in the preseason such as offseason additions Brook Lopez and Andrew Bogut, who both could play impact roles defensively.
With three mores games left in the preseason, Los Angeles will have an opportunity to work toward showing improvement ahead the start of the regular season.
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