Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
This may not be a problem with the roster or coaching staff, but beating OKC will be extremely important next season.
Even though the Los Angeles Lakers have drastically improved, the Oklahoma City Thunder are still a major problem for LA.
The Thunder and Lakers faced off eight total times throughout the regular season and postseason. The Thunder won six of the eight games, including a 4-1 beating of the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
In short, the Thunder had L.A.'s number throughout the year.
The talk of the town in L.A. is adding yet another banner to the Staples Center, but it seems like people are forgetting that the Thunder are the team to beat in the West.
Against the Thunder, the Lakers seemed to struggle against Russell Westbrook. Westbrook loves to drive into the paint, which should be controlled with Dwight Howard manning the middle. But perimeter defense is still a problem.
The only way to counter Westbrook on the perimeter will be to have Kobe Bryant slide over and defend Westbrook.
Other problem areas for the Lakers against the Thunder were offensive efficiency and shot quality. Far too many times the team could not establish an offensive flow against the Thunder, which is a testament to Westbrook's ball pressure.
Now, with Nash running the show and the Princeton offense being implemented, that shouldn't be as big of a problem. Nash is a master of controlling the tempo of the game and getting his teammates open shots.