Losing Lakers limp into Cleveland

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012
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The Lakers aren't clicking and D'Antoni pointed to his team's inability to slow down opponents as a chief reason.

"We're losing now because we're 30th in fast-break points for the other team," he said. "A lot of that is turnovers and a lot of that is not getting back. We've got to be much more aware of boxing out at the foul line, much more aware of getting to our men and our defense right now is compromised a little bit by turnovers and a lot by leak outs and us not getting back."

D'Antoni believes the Lakers' current woes are correctable.

Bryant, too, said he and his teammates can make things easier by buckling down on defense.

"The thing that's really kicking our butt and that we're extremely weak at is our transition defense," Bryant said, sitting on the scorer's table following the morning shootaround. "Physically we're just not a very fast team, so we have to be very smart about our positioning on the floor and get back on defense. Our half-court defense is pretty good."

Nash won't heal the Lakers on defense, but his presence on the floor can't hurt.

"It will help," Bryant said, "because our team is built to have him on the floor with myself and Pau and Dwight and we haven't had that yet."