The saying goes, “Defense wins championships.”
Are the Lakers winning a championship this season?
Not with how they are playing defense thus far.
At 27th worst in the NBA, the Lakers give up 111 ppg and allow opponents to shoot a league-worst 48 percent from the field. (ESPN)
Although they rank 11th in scoring at 105.2 ppg, a -5.8 point differential is typically not a good thing, hence a 10-17 record.
Now, they are a young team and it is their first season under Coach Luke Walton.
Adjustments are being made after every game.
Guys are still learning how to play with each other, how to communicate with each other defensively and when to trust the help-side defense will come.
But if the Lakers have any hopes of making the playoffs, they need to adjust quickly.
A few guys have been defensive studs for team including Larry Nance Jr., Nick Young, Brandon Ingram, and at times, Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black.
The Lakers still lack a consistent rim protector and someone who can see the court like a free safety in football. One that is always in the right position at the right time and ready to help from the weak side.
Walton needs to get his guys to lock up before they luck out and miss a chance at the postseason.