By Justin Einhorn
Posted: Jan. 9, 2012
The Los Angeles Lakers continue to play solid defense, especially at home, despite still learning coach Mike Brown's system amid a busy schedule.
That defensive prowess could get a stiff test Tuesday night at Staples Center from the improving Phoenix Suns as these Pacific Division rivals begin their season series.
No team played more in the season's first 15 days than Los Angeles (6-4). The Lakers, whose first two-day break doesn't come until next week, opened with back-to-back losses but have since won six of eight.
"We're tired, and we're going to stay tired," forward Pau Gasol said. " ... We knew it was going to be a challenge. We knew we were going to face adversity at first. We're all making an effort, and we know it's going to pay off at the end. ... Two days off? It'll be a shock to our bodies."