How about a little perimeter defense, fellas? And I don't wanna hear anything about, "Oh, our shot blockers are injured, so...".
Yeah well..but they are. :)
It's not a big deal IMO. It's just the way things are. Defense for one is a team effort and we do have the most important ingredient which is as you said yourself, the art of shotblocking. In fact, we haven't even seen that most important aspect of defense actually being utilized to it's full potential since Pau and Bynum still haven't played a game together.
As for getting smoked by PG's, especially now, well...honestly, who expected Fisher to bring some defense? We all knew he wasn't exactly Godsent for his defense. It's a flaw of his and Farmar still has a lot to learn.
All in all, I'm not too worried. Once shotblockers are back, I dare those guys to just be rude enough to just try getting the half of what they were getting before.
I guess what you can say is that in the off season we could go for a defensive 3rd string PG but that's all there is, the reality of the situation is that rules favor PG's, our shotblockers are out and our PG's aren't strong defenders. So really, you shouldn't be losing sleep over it IMO.
I totally agree on the perimeter defense... While watching the last few games, I noticed many one one on one situations in which I was noticing both D Fish and Farmar's footing off, often catching them selves on an off-step trying to react to the PG. I am not sure how you teach that footing on any short order if ever, but unless you have really good help defense, you are gonna get smoked which is what is happening to the Lakers.
While this is not the only issue with the Lakers defense, I think it is at or near the top. If you can't stop the long shot or the entry, you are exposing the team to be abused by your opponent.
Fisher IS EXPECTED to bring some defense. His entire career is based on being a great defender. Other than making the occasional 3-pointer, he HAS NO OTHER PURPOSE (other than being a "glue" guy).
If you are going to lose sleep over ANYTHING, you should lose sleep over poor poor defense.... cause we ain't gonna win squat until we improve defense.
Fisher was brought to be a leader and for this reason he's the captain.
Last year when OneWay (:)) and I argued that Fisher's defense wouldn't be a huge upgrade over Smush's D, our reasoning was his old age and he never really was that great of a defender even when he was on our team in the past.
His only defense was the occasional pick-pocket, fastbreak layup act. He's always given jump shooters a little extra space to shoot than necessary and now he's getting smoked by PG's on a daily basis.
Now we have Farmar looking as retarded as he's ever been. How does this problem get solved? I have no clue but perhaps other guys that do play defense (Bynum, Ariza) would set a great example for them and thats why we need them to return. It wasn't just their presence but the fact that their playing defense was contagious.
I had an issue against the rockets. Farmar consistently went behind the screens, even when Rafer was on fire. I admit, Rafer could have been just hot that night, but when a guy is shooting like that, you fight through those screens.
But I also have another thought on this. Gasol is a decent defender, but he is not a great help defender IMO. That is where I think Bynum has been truly effective for us. As a secondary defender and a shot blocking threat in the paint. Seems like pgs get in the lane at will. It is the pgs fault, but there always needs to be a reliable second line of defense, which Bynum is much better at than Gasol. I think its our collective defense that is at fault.
Its no coincidence that we're getting lit up this much by PG with our big men out though. Especialy without Bynum, he is the factor here; when theres an intimidating shotblocking presence down in the paint, it makes for better perimeter defense.
Yes we need some work there right now but I think we'll be fine in the long run with our twin towers clogging up the lane on defense.
But I'd like to see Farmar focus on that part of the game in the offseason, because hes very capable of being a good defender.
Having our bigs out does effect the perimeter defense more than just intimidation factor. Someone mentioned Farmar going under screens during the Rockets game, yet had he fought throw the screens that would have left Alston open for layup after layup. Bynum/Gasol also allow perimeter players to fight throw screens and not worry about giving up layups. This is not a knock on Turiaf! Turiaf is a great help defender and we have watched him pile up many blocks, but he doesn't bring the same type of presence as Bynum or Gasol down low.
Edit: Also there were a few shots that Alston hit that were extremely contested. Alston was just on fire and couldn't miss.