The Los Angeles Lakers, the 2013-14 NBA season version, aren’t exactly known for their defense. The Lakers are the ninth worst defensive team in the NBA right now, allowing 104.7 points per 100 possessions. Even with their injuries throughout their roster, the Lakers’ offense has still been able to produce relatively well, but their defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone.
On Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers’ defense was once again not getting any stops as the Nuggets shot 53.5 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from long-range. Ty Lawson, Randy Foye and Wilson Chandler were all big contributors in the starting five offensively for Denver, but it was their bench that really shined and helped hand L.A. a 137-115 loss.
Nate Robinson was huge off of the bench as he put up 21 points on 7-11 shooting from the field while also adding five assists, five rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes. The ever inconsistent Timofey Mozgov was also on against the Lakers as he scored 20 points on 8-10 shooting while grabbing seven boards, notching two steals and two blocks as well. Evan Fournier also came in and put up 12 points and seven boards while dishing out three dimes also.
The Nuggets’ bench has been plagued by inconsistency this season. Robinson will have great showings, but can’t seem to settle into a groove. Mozgov will be big one night but a non-factor the next. The list goes on for the Nuggets.
While Denver has a ton of talent, they aren’t going to reach anywhere near the success that they had last season if their role players and reserves don’t contribute with a little more consistency than they currently are. Though it was against a poor defense in the Lakers, the Nuggets showed how good that they can be when they are clicking throughout their roster. Now only if they can show it more often.