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Lakers emphasize defense in practice

Many of the Lakers may have been given a day off physically, but Coach Phil Jackson used Saturday's practice to dissect on film the team's defensive lapses in its 108-103 victory Friday over the Toronto Raptors.

The Lakers remained well aware of their gaffes afterward, with coach and player accounts pointing to poor communication on pick-and-rolls and help defense contributing to Toronto's 58 points in the paint, 24 fastbreak points and 49-31 rebounding deficit. But even if Jackson viewed the Lakers' (6-0) win as a teachable moment, he saved those sentiments for Saturday's practice.

"Some of it is we got confused about a zone, and our rotation defensively and rebound wise was poor," Jackson said. "Other things was we just made mistakes to get back in transition and let guys run behind us. You just don't want to give up transition baskets."

It remains unclear how that will translate when the Lakers play at Staples Center on Sunday against Portland (4-2), a team that in Jackson's mind will "pose a great challenge for us to stay undefeated." The Lakers' practice Saturday involved little physical work. Jackson gave the starters the day off in hopes that more rest wold keep them fresh, particularly with Pau Gasol (43 minutes) and Lamar Odom (38 minuts) logging a lot of game time against the Raptors. The bench worked on three-on-three drills, Gasol worked on various rubber band exercises and Lakers forward Luke Walton reported his hamstring remains in good condition.

The Lakers will soon find out if the same applies to the team's defense, which has allowed more than 100 points in five of six games.

"It's everything put together," Lakers guard Steve Blake said. "We're not really bad in one area but when you put little mistakes all over the court, it hurts. Fortunately, it didn't hurt us enough to lose the game."

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

 
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Just a thought -

The participants on the last few threads have been wonderful. I sure hope this can keep up. I've been reading in between working on my applications, and even though I haven't posted as much, I really appreciate all of the knowledge (basketball, espanol, music) that has been thrown out there for everyone.

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone. It makes me feel more connected to California and the Lake Show even though I'm quite a while away.

:-)

Art - FL Laker Fan - "I remember having to do that too. And after being in high school all day having to walk a few miles to my job and work until 10 PM and then walk a few miles home.
In the snow.
When it was 10 degrees."

Luxury! It got so cold in my time that we considered Absolute Zero to be a warm summer's day. And we didn't even have school in the normal sense, we had to actually take ships to Alexandria, sack the library there and bring the spoils back before we could learn our lessons! Y'all had it easy! (Perhaps I'm dating myself though.)

Cali - California is a state of mind... and a tan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCeD_6Y3GQc

Hi lakerholics,

Due to the gigantic amount of threads and posts, and the fact that I like to read them all, there's very little time to post.


But I came here to see if I can find our inside D. I've been looking everywhere and still can't find our inside D.


If anyone here is able to find our inside D, plz email me at MagicPhil@whereismyd.com so I can tell PJ where the freakin inside D is.


Thx

Magic Phil - the inside D and the bridge were both lost. I'm hoping we find them by Sunday.

63,

Wow, that's cold.
You from a distant planet?
Saturn maybe?
I bet Saturn is the nickname that LO calls you. Finally, the mystery is solved.

When you go back to the inception of Phil Jackson's NBA coaching career, he was a coach who preached defense and who was open minded enough to embrace Tex Winters' triangle offense when Doug Collins rebuked it. Because of the triangle's complexities, over time Philip seemed to become much fonder of focusing on offense in practices, especially early in the season when new members of the team were just becoming familiar with the basics of the triangle, never mind its nuances. Logically this makes sense because it is a long season and there's plenty of time to practice playoff defense especially with a juggernaut offense like the one we have been witnessing. Because of the length of the season with its back-to-back games, 3 games in 4 nights, 4 games in 5 nights, long road trips, etc., the tendency to lapse on defense with a team that KNOWS it can outscore its opponent is natural. Therefore, a game like last night becomes instructive, or as MM said, "a teachable moment," and the emphasis in practice turns to defense. I look for a strong defensive effort tomorrow night. These guys know they can do it.

@63 Footer – someone in your family worked on the Beatles cartoon…very cool. Amazing today kids can see Cartoons 24-7 on multiple stations while we had to wait til Saturday mornings on a few stations.

@Lew – Love that School Days. My mom used to sing that to me and my siblings we were little. And we even made up a little skit on it. Oh yeah, and a 10 speed put together from different bike parts…remember those days also.

@Art at 12:37pm – Amen! But I won’t hold my breath waiting on a fair and balanced criticizer.

I look for a strong defensive effort tomorrow night. These guys know they can do it.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 06, 2010 at 03:56 PM
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I agree that we should see a much better effort tomorrow. However, they'll never be a team that hang their hat on D. Just as long as they can lockdown for a key 6-8 minute stretch its all good. That how the Showtime Lakers used to do it and to a lesser degree the 09 and 10 championship teams.

agree that we should see a much better effort tomorrow. However, they'll never be a team that hang their hat on D. Just as long as they can lockdown for a key 6-8 minute stretch its all good. That how the Showtime Lakers used to do it and to a lesser degree the 09 and 10 championship teams.

Posted by: LRob | November 06, 2010 at 04:18 PM
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Once again, you're on the money. It's the practice season and not the time to be wasting energy or risking injury.

@MagicPhil - They're searching and couldn't find the Lakers defense either...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbUxd-GnZ2M

MM - No profile this weekend?

LRob - No simply because I've run out of Laker profiles!! Keep em coming at mgmedin@gmail.com


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