Yes, it's the preseason and the Lakers are injured and still figuring things out. But they play preseason games for a reason. Witness the excellent Cavaliers-Pacers contest this week--a close, fun and still experimental game between two contenders who played hard--and well. How can you interpret losing three games by a total of 89 points as preparing for the season? Preparing for what? For getting hammered?
The Lakers, it seems, are preparing to try to go back in time--to coach Byron Scott's player days when coaches somehow hadn't yet figured out that 3-point field goals are worth an ENTIRE point more than 2-point field goals. Byron Scott has declared that this year's Lakers will be a virtual 3-free zone. (Some kind of preposterous overreaction to departed coach Mike D'Antoni's 3-pointer crazy system.) As Tom Ziller at SB Nation points out the Lakers, in the last two games have taken just eight 3-point shots. (And none from the corners, which is the most efficient.) Last year the San Antonio Spurs led the NBA in 3-point efficiency and shot more 3s than at least half the teams in the league. The Spurs won the championship.
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