My name's Trevor Lane.
Senior writer for lakers nation dot com.
Today we're talking about the Los Angeles Lakers versus the Brooklyn Nets.
First of all, big thank you to all of you guys who woke up bright and early.
Pacific time that the Lakers started against the Nets game being played in China.
We weren't even sure if it was going to be played for a while.
But a number? You guys join me with a second screen experience using sportscaster.
It was a lot of fun, thanks to those who join me.
There will be doing it again Saturday morning before the Lakers take on the Nets one more time in China before they come back home.
So be on the lookout for that.
So today we're gonna talk about three things that we learned from that game.
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Alright, three things that we learned.
Look, the Lakers lost, But again, preseason.
We're not too worried about words.
The losses at this point.
We're worried about process.
We're worried about what we see out there on the floor.
So first thing that I want to get into the Lakers defense, this is going to be really, really critical.
The defense of end of the floor is gonna be important for this Lakers team.
Offense takes a little while to develop.
It takes time for teams to both chemistry.
Jared Dudley, a media day, said.
Four months at least, to really develop that offensive chemistry.
So what do you need to rely on in the meantime, Your defense? Yes, you need chemistry on the defensive end as well.
But you can also get by just by being good defenders by being good, individual defenders and playing really, really hard.
And those are things that the Lakers are going to have to do on this game.
There was a big, big problem with the Lakers defense against the Warriors.
We didn't see it so much in this game.
There was problem that was their perimeter defense.
They gave up a ton of threes.
In fact, the Nets jacked up 41 threes.
Now, if they missed most of them, that would be a big deal. But they didn't.
The Nets won the game because they hit 20 of 41 three's.
That's 49% from three.
To give you guys some context.
Last year, the Lakers gave up 34 threes per game, and that was the fourth most in the entire N BA.
The worst in the league and giving up threes was 36 that was from the Milwaukee Bucks.
So the Lakers just gave up 41 threes to the Brooklyn Nets.
Now, obviously, this is a Nets team that is going to focus on three point shooting quite a bit, but still, this was a lot of shots from deep to give up.
Now the question is, why were they giving up so many looks? And part of that may be the starting lineup that Frank Vogel deployed.
Instead of having Danny Green out there and every Bradley out there and JaVale McGee, he went with guys that are a little bit less mobile.
He said he was gonna makes things up, so I'm not worried about this being the real starting line of pretty Thing.
But he went with Regime Rano, contagious couple of Pope and Dwight Howard, a little bit of a drop off in mobility, drop off in length and defensive capability in each of those players compared to the guys that we saw start against the Golden State Warriors.
So right off the bat there, the Nets are able to get into a rhythm and they're able to find a lot of open looks.
But the other thing that we see here is we see a lot of the guys who were getting the shots are their wing players.
And this was one of my big question marks heading into the season.
The guys who were really shooting for Deep Zanten, Moussa Karu, Kes and Victorian Prince.
These were the guys that were getting open two open threes and causing all these problems.
These Air wing players.
Guess what? The Lakers don't have a lot of wing players right now.
The only true small forward on the roster unless you wanna count Taylan.
Horton Tucker is LeBron James and order Tucker.
I'm not gonna count him because he's very, very young and we don't expect him to play a lot this season, and you could argue he's not even really a true small forward.
So the Lakers don't have a lot of wing defenders out there, and I think in this game that was an issue.
We saw Avery Bradley trying to guard bigger players, and I have loved Avery Bradley's defense.
Love his tenacity.
But ask him to guard somebody who's 676869 That's gonna be a bit a bit too much.
So that's something the Lakers were gonna have to keep an eye on.
Who do you have to defend these versatile wing players that a lot of teams are stacking up on big or stocking up on? I should say, because that's what the Nets have.
And that's what really burned the Lakers were those wing players, so something to keep an eye on? How does Frank Vogel tweet thinks? Maybe it just means playing a little bit more Danny Green.
Maybe it means Kyle Kuzma comes back and he's able to defend on the perimeter well enough to make up for that.
Okay, there there are solutions to this problem, but for right now it's something to keep an eye on how the Lakers do defending wings in this game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Give up a lot of looks from deep and a lot of clean looks, and the Nets were able to knock him down.
Other thing that we found out, though, on the positive side Regime Rondeau for three.
A real thing is, Ron knows three point shot finally coming along.
No, no, I don't want to get ahead of myself here.
We're talking about two preseason games, a ridiculously tiny sample size and games that don't matter for anything.
I'm going to try not to read too far into it, but watch.
I'm gonna go stat geek on you guys and dive way too far into this topic than than anyone rightly should.
But still, is this possibly a real thing? Because we heard coming on a training camp that Frank Vogel was talking up rage on Rondo's three point shooting, saying he's gonna be like Jason Kidd was towards the end of his career, where he became pretty much solely a three point shooter.
This is what we're getting from Rondo so far.
He was two of three from deep against the Nets, two of five against the Golden State Warriors.
That that comes out to four of eight overall now is Rondo, a 50% 3 point shooter, no again tiny, tiny, tiny sample size.
But he seems really confident shooting that shot more so than we've seen before.
He's more willing to step up and shoot it.
Then we saw last season last season.
We saw a little bit of hesitation where you can tell shooting that three was not his first option.
Now I feel like we're seeing him shoot that shot as maybe not his first option, but maybe one b option one be.
Ferrando is taking that three, and he looks like he's shooting it to make the shot.
He's not shooting it thinking, Gosh, I hope I don't miss by a lot, and that's probably the Rondo that we saw 45 years ago.
We're seeing a Rondo right now that feels like he's a weapon from deep in the body language.
Everything says that he's confident shooting that shot, and so far the results have spoken for themselves.
Now can he keep this up? It's gonna be something to keep an eye on, but to give you guys an idea of where he's at in terms of three point shooting for 36 minutes per game.
Right now, he's shooting 6.
7 threes, and this is just to compare apples to Apples.
For 36 minutes last season, he would have shot 3.
So it's not just that he's making more.
It's that he's taking threes with a greater frequency right now and again.
It's just pre season.
That's probably more analysis than then should come out of two preseason games.
But if the numbers do support what the eye test says, and that's that Rondo is shooting more threes, he's hitting more threes.
And then the eye test tells us he looks more comfortable shooting those threes.
Something to watch.
The defense was still a problem for random, but he is a more valuable option on the offensive end if he can consistently knock down threes.
There's no question about that, so hopefully this is a trend that we see continued now on the other side of the spectrum.
Anthony Davis playing well at the rim, but everywhere else, not so much.
Well, I shouldn't say he's not playing well, is not shooting well, two for 10 away from the room to pretend outside of the paint right now for Anthony Davis, that's not going to get it done.
But I am not saying that to rip Anthony Davis or anything like that with my third takeaway from preseason place so far and from this game against the Brooklyn Nets instead, I want to look at it this way.
Think about what we haven't seen from a D yet and think about how good he's been already, how monstrous he has been in the paint.
And then you remember that.
Hey, he's actually a pretty good perimeter shooter again.
Tiny, tiny sample size, just a blip on the radar.
I don't expect that to be something continue.
Just like I don't expect Rondo to consider.
Continue shooting 50% from three.
That's probably not going to happen.
Anthony Davis isn't gonna continue shooting 20% away from the basket.
And so what's exciting about that is that there are other facets to Anthony Davis's game that we haven't even seen yet.
Other areas that he is going to dominate in and We're talking about the mid range game.
He can step out and shoot threes.
We haven't really seen that.
We saw a little bit of the passing against the Nets.
He whipped a nice pass inside for a layup.
I want to say it was either to KCP or Rondo.
He's done some nice things out there.
But there's another level.
The eighties game that Lakers fans haven't seen yet.
And I'm excited for when it happens.
Okay, two for 10 away from the rim is not indicative of his skill level as a shooter.
Not that he's a great shooter, but he can do a lot better in that.
And when he does, he's gonna be an even more devastating weapon out there for your Los Angeles Lakers.
All right again.
So the Lakers gonna take on the Nets Saturday morning again bright and early.
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