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Bynum thinks Lakers will win title if they focus on defense

May 14, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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There is very little Lakers fans can take away from Los Angeles’ seven-game series win over Denver that should make them think they have much of a shot against Oklahoma City.

Everything Denver did to the Lakers in transition OKC can do as well and with better athletes.

But Andrew Bynum thinks there is a chance. Here is what he told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

Bynum vowed to stay focused on defense first, seeing at least four blocks each game from him as a key to advancing now and later….

“We’ll win this championship,” Bynum said, “if we commit to defense.”

First off, instead of “we” Bynum needed to say “I.” While the Lakers as a whole had some off defensive games against Denver that started with Bynum, particularly in transition defense where Denver big men — we’re looking at you, Kenneth Faried — just ran down the court faster than Bynum and got good looks because of it. We’ll get into the games where Bynum didn’t bother with defensive rotations in the half court another time (he was hit and miss in the series and Ty Lawson was the beneficiary).

The Lakers problem is that while OKC is right there with Denver in transition (the Nuggets shot 63 percent in transition last season, the Thunder 60.7 percent, according to MySynergySports.com) the Thunder are far better in the half court if the Lakers do slow it down. Oh, and the Thunder are a better defensive team, also. Los Angeles cannot take a game off and still win this series.

But Bynum is right in the sense that if the Lakers don’t focus and play better defense they don’t stand any chance in this series. He can worry about winning a ring after that.

  1. cakemixa - May 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Maybe he could start by actually listening in on team huddles during time outs, instead of sitting far off on the bench like a 12 year old?

    • patfic15 - May 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      Please don’t insult a 12 yr old like that. Watching Bynum is like watching a 3 yr in time out.

  2. abchome - May 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    And it will be “kind of easy” as well…

  3. nightrain42 - May 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Will you just shut up and play the game?

  4. cosanostra71 - May 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    well after games 5 and 6 I didn’t think we were going to advance but I wish #17 would focus on the series against Oklahoma. this is where we miss Phil, keeping the team focused on the task at hand. take it one game at a time #17, worry about the finals if and when you make it there!

  5. tsi431 - May 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I think this series is going to be a lot closer then everyone thinks. The two teams split the regular season, (since the Sessions trade and Fisher pick up). I think it comes down to the benches. This is where the Lakers will suffer. If the Lakers bench can play even halfway decent, they will win. But we all know they are terrible.

  6. lakerluver - May 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The last time A.B. opened his trap he played like crap!! OKC is gonna be very hard to beat. The LAKERS can get it done but they can not afford to not give max effort. They must make each game a half court game. OKC rely on jumpers too much. If those jumpers aren’t falling the LAKERS can beat them. Bynum AND Pau both have to be dominant for the LAKERS to advance.

  7. 20dollardinners - May 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    They could also use some help in the coaching department. :)

    Mike Brown must make proper lineup, substitution, and minute management. He can’t get out-coached.

  8. booguloo - May 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    If buydum would just keep hi fracken mouth, he’d be further ahead.

  9. savvybynature - May 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Well it’s a moot point if they are going to allow 98 points in 3 quarters.

    Steve Blake is getting absolutely abused.

  10. obijuan13 - May 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    why only 23, and are they all #24 or #8?

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