Found January 15, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of a boost on defense. Mike D’Antoni’s team has greatly underachieved and is five games below .500, and the main reason for that is that L.A. ranks 26th in the NBA defensively with nearly 102 points per game allowed. On Sunday, the Lakers held their opponent to under 100 points for only the third time in their last 12 games in a 113-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the reasons for their success was the job Kobe Bryant did defending Cavs star Kyrie Irving, who was held to just 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting. D’Antoni said on Monday that having Kobe defend an opponent’s top player is something that will continue. “I think that really helped us,” he said according to ESPNLA.com. “It helped us against the Clippers with Chris Paul. (Bryant) wants to take the challenge, and it really helps us. He disrupts the whole offense on the ball. He’s done that a couple games, so we’ll continue to milk that one.” While Bryant is known as a treme...
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