Coach Mike D'Antoni will continue to have Kobe Bryant defend opposing point guards.
The Lakers have struggled throughout the season defensively. On Sunday, D'Antoni put Bryant on Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving, helping the Lakers break a six-game losing streak with a 113-93 win.
Irving finished with 15 points in the game, well below his season average. As a team, the Cavaliers struggled to score against the Lakers' improved defense.
"Kobe starting on Kyrie and some of the other matchups they had, they came out much more aggressive," said Byron Scott, coach of the Cavaliers. "They didn't just sit back. They were the initiator, and I thought that was the biggest difference."
Throughout his career, the Lakers have asked Bryant to play different roles defensively. He's almost always been better guarding the ball handler than chasing players around screens.
"He disrupts the whole offense, on the ball," said D'Antoni.
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