Los Angeles Lakers: Four Solutions to Their Defensive Woes

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Los Angeles Lakers: Four Solutions to Their Defensive Woes
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Andrew Bynum's health is one solution to the Los Angeles Lakers' defensive woes.

Earlier this week, Jerry West said the Los Angeles Lakers' age is prohibiting them from playing defense at a consistently successful rate.

With 10 players on the roster age 30 or older, the Lakers are the second-oldest team in the NBA.

To add stale popcorn to a boring movie, players like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom have all racked up way-beyond-routine minutes, having reached the Finals in each of the past three seasons.

And, as if that annoying five-year-old kid sitting behind you is constantly kicking your seat, the team has increased its average age 1.1 years from last season.

Regardless of all these negative implications, the Lakers are posting productive defensive numbers entering Sunday's showdown with the Boston Celtics:

Opponent points per game: 96.3 (10th)
Opponent field goal percentage: .439 (4th)
Opponent field 3-point percentage: .340 (7th)
Opponent points per shot: 1.15 (t-2nd)

Still, L.A. has improvements to make on the defensive end. Here are five solutions that will help the Lakers solidify their defense as they make a run for their third consecutive title.

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