G06 CHA@LAL PreGame Thread

After going through a tough schedule (Lakers opponents has 15-4 record), Lakers is left with 0-5 record.

The next game against Charlotte Hornets (2-3) is their best opportunity to win. After that, the Lakers’ next four games are against Western Conference teams – Memphis (5-0), New Orleans (2-2), San Antonio (2-1) and Golden State (4-0) – that, at the very least, are in playoff contention.

The biggest weakness of the Lakers is the transition defense (allowing 21.2 fast-break pts/gm). The good news is Hornets is only ranked #21 at 11.6pts/gm

Source: http://www.teamrankings.com/nba/stat/fastbreak-points-per-game

[LA Register] Lakers getting anxious for first win

“I think we all need a win,” Bryant said Tuesday. “Just move on the next one and get it done.”

The Lakers maintain that the key to getting on track is slowing down other teams’ transition offense.

Through five games the Lakers are allowing 21.2 fast-break points per game. And while the Lakers, with four practices between games, did practice Wednesday, it’s a safe bet what they will focus on when they return to the floor today.

“We will work on this until we get better,” Scott said, “and then we’ll move on to the next thing.”