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 1 week ago '17        #1
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tu calmas 20 heat pts20
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Lakers miss Lonzo Defense BBB WON
 

 
Most recently, the player who finds himself on the sidelines thanks to an injury has been Lonzo Ball, who has missed a couple weeks already with a sprained ankle and will probably miss more time. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James think the Lakers have felt Ball’s absence heavily, specifically on the defensive side of the court.

After the Lakers gave up a whopping 143 points to the Philadelphia 76ers, both Kuzma and James brought up what Lonzo being out means for an ailing defense. LeBron says they still have to make it work, though (via Spectrum SportsNet):

“We have a huge piece still not with us, in Lonzo. That’s a huge piece of our team, so until then we have to continue to work throughout our film sessions, throughout our shootarounds.”

James is right to mention just how important Ball is to the Lakers’ defense. It’s not at all a stretch to call Lonzo one of the league’s best defenders at his position and, had he not gotten hurt, he was making a pretty strong case to make an all-defensive team.

Ball’s length, athleticism and instincts (especially off the ball) make him hugely impactful on that end, and seeing as his replacement in the lineup was Reggie Bullock (who was playing his first game for the Lakers), it makes sense that a hugely explosive Philly team was able to take advantage.

Kuzma echoed James’ sentiment:

“I think getting Zo back into the mix is definitely one thing (that will improve our defense). He’s had a hell of a season defensively and we kind of feed off of him. He’s picking up 94 feet, getting stops all over the floor and has great defensive instincts.

However, like James, he didn’t want to use Ball’s absence as an “excuse” for their poor defense:

“Regardless of having him or not, that’s not an excuse. It’s all about having effort and communication, and getting the new guys to get into it as well.”
Just how impactful has Ball’s absence been this year? Well, listen to our own Alex Regla for some context.

Ball, who has been out with an injury since Jan. 19th, has been sorely missed on both sides of the floor, but far more so on defense. On the season, the Lakers are allowing only 106 points per 100 possessions with Ball on the floor. With him sitting, the team is giving up 112.9.

Nuance can be difficult, but let’s try anyway. Both these things can be true: Lonzo is an extremely impactful defensive player who would immediately help the Lakers’ defense as soon as he’s healthy. That said, a single player is not the lone reason why a team would give up 143 points in regulation. The Lakers’ problems go much deeper than just Lonzo’s injury.

The Lakers have dealt with trade rumors to a greater extent than every other team in the league outside of maybe the New Orleans Pelicans. Before they played Philadelphia, Magic Johnson addressed the team about how best to move forward and, based on his comments about that meeting, probably wasn’t giving out hugs like he had previously planned to.

When the guy who just tried and failed to trade you comes in and says you have to man up and take care of business, that probably isn’t great for morale. We saw over the entirety of Byron Scott’s tenure with the Lakers that “man up” isn’t the world’s best battle cry, as those Lakers teams were regularly among the worst defensive teams in the NBA.

Defending requires buy-in. It demands sacrifice and trust against any team in the NBA, but especially one as dynamic as the 76ers are with Tobias Harris now on the roster. Players are going to be less willing to make that sacrifice if they don’t feel wanted by the organization who demands they buck up after a deadline as publicly embarrassing as last week was.

Lonzo could come back and change things. He probably will have a positive impact upon his return. But if the Lakers really want to regain the momentum they had before the injury bug kicked this season in the groin, they’ll have to find a way to buy back into the principles that made them such a surprisingly good defensive team in the first place

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28 comments for "Lakers miss Lonzo Defense BBB WON"

 1 week ago '17        #2
money99 42 heat pts42
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Lonzo is trash
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suavehooper 1251 heat pts1251
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only casuals don't think Lonzo has a HUGE impact on the lakers

the game where he got injured, they instantly lost their 20 point lead after that.

Lonzo is a beast and lakers REALLY REALLY need him back

 1 week ago '05        #4
Woodwin 3 heat pts
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n*gga can’t shoot but the n*gga can defend and makes good offensive choices at time. n*gga has GOT to increase the FT at minimum during offseason
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 1 week ago '09        #5
MakaveliToDon91 29 heat pts29
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Lakers clearly miss Lonzo....hes an automatic mismatch and flexible, able to guard multiple positions...a player like him effects ur whole defensive gameplan, especially when u have a dumbass like luke walton tryna coach u to a W
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suavehooper 1251 heat pts1251
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 Woodwin said
n*gga canít shoot but the n*gga can defend and makes good offensive choices at time. n*gga has GOT to increase the FT at minimum during offseason
he's shooting 34% from three, which isn't bad considering he is coming of surgery this season and learning how to play with lebron

Dude is a MONSTER
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 1 week ago '05        #7
blah blah blah 92 heat pts92
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Elite defense got 40 pack dropped on him
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 1 week ago '05        #8
Woodwin 3 heat pts
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 suavehooper said
he's shooting 34% from three, which isn't bad considering he is coming of surgery this season and learning how to play with lebron

Dude is a MONSTER
Can’t shoot doesn’t mean his 3 pt shot alone. Can’t shoot meaning he passes up good looks just cause he isn’t comfortable letting it go, not to mention his FT % which I said as well.
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 1 week ago '04        #9
dat_boi_tj 5 heat pts
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[QUOTE=MakaveliToDon91;48788887]Lakers clearly miss Lonzo....hes an automatic mismatch and flexible, able to guard multiple positions...a player like him effects ur whole defensive gameplan, especially when u have a dumbass like luke walton tryna coach u to a W[/QUOT

Facts man. When he gets back they'll be able to compete better. When they on Full tilt its a different team for sure. Idk why people so quick to hate on Zo. He has an impact on defense and ball movement. I wonder if people are really looking at the games or just looking for the recaps on the sports debate shows.
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 Woodwin said
Canít shoot doesnít mean his 3 pt shot alone. Canít shoot meaning he passes up good looks just cause he isnít comfortable letting it go, not to mention his FT % which I said as well.
BBB success got this stupid casual HEATED
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 1 week ago '05        #11
Woodwin 3 heat pts
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 suavehooper said
BBB success got this stupid casual HEATED
n*gga Lonzo one of my favorite players in the league donít mean I canít critique the n*gga, fu*king clown
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suavehooper 1251 heat pts1251
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 Woodwin said
n*gga Lonzo one of my favorite players in the league donít mean I canít critique the n*gga, fu*king clown
sure he is casual

 1 week ago '18        #13
J To The Muah 10 heat pts10
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He's the main reason they won those 6 games without LeBron

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suavehooper 1251 heat pts1251
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 J To The Muah said
He's the main reason they won those 6 games without LeBron
yup in the rockets game got injured he had nearly a triple double after the FIRST QUARTER, and lakers had 20 point lead going to the half.

He gets injured and the lead is gone within like 5 minutes

his impact on the lakers is INCREDIBLE

 1 week ago '17        #15
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 1 week ago '05        #17
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LeG.O.A.T 114 heat pts114
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Lonzo an elite defender.

 1 week ago '16        #19
NEWYORKTlMES 53 heat pts53
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 money99 said
Lonzo is trash
Whatís the difference between Ben Simmons and lonzos game?

 1 week ago '17        #20
money99 42 heat pts42
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 NEWYORKTlMES said
Whatís the difference between Ben Simmons and lonzos game?
Simmons does everything better than Lonzo

Score rebound pass

What exactly is Lonzo better at?

Defense? Lonzo is overrated at that too
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 money99 said
Simmons does everything better than Lonzo

Score rebound pass

What exactly is Lonzo better at?

Defense? Lonzo is overrated at that too
Lonzo better vision imo and defender. And shooter.
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 1 week ago '05        #22
rellish 1 heat pts
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Lonzo the God will be back soon, with a vengeance
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 money99 said
Simmons does everything better than Lonzo

Score rebound pass

What exactly is Lonzo better at?

Defense? Lonzo is overrated at that too
Lonzo is a better defender, a WAY WAY WAY better shooter, better passer, and arguably a better rebounder.

Put Lonzo ball on the sixers and that team becomes the best team in the NBA period, they would be WAY more LETHAL with Lonzo instead of Simmons.
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 1 week ago '16        #24
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 MakaveliToDon91 said
Lakers clearly miss Lonzo....hes an automatic mismatch and flexible, able to guard multiple positions...a player like him effects ur whole defensive gameplan, especially when u have a dumbass like luke walton tryna coach u to a W
Thatís why in the event of that trade I wanted him over Ingram and Kuzma. Call me crazy but I see him as very important given the landscape of the West.

 1 week ago '10        #25
sho 2010 246 heat pts246
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Lebron gotta play some defense. Y’all have philly a red carpet to the middle of the paint and Lebron was standing under the basket not doing sh*t. Lonzo can’t help that




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