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It’s worth noting the Lakers have not done this once this season. However, changing up the defensive looks on occasion might be a great tactic against the Spurs.
More specifically, Mike D’Antoni should consider a half-court trap.
The Lakers forced nine turnovers and scored two fast break points in their opening playoff game. That’s simply not enough.
The Purple and Gold’s inability to make shots ultimately doomed them. Hence, selectively speeding up the game might just be in the cards.
If properly executed, a half-court trap will change the tempo of the game and produce rushed shots and a few turnovers. This is a perfect way for D’Antoni to get players such as Earl Clark and Darius Morris some easy looks.
There is no way the Lakers can win this series while simply converting 41.1 percent of their shots like they did in Game 1. Consequently, they need role players getting a few easy buckets and this is the way to go.