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Lakers begin season 0-2; Nash suffers leg contusion

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It’s way to early to hit the panic button after an 0-2 start for the Lakers. But who is to blame?

Lakers begin season 0-2; Nash suffers leg contusion

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The Los Angeles Lakers are a heavy favorite to represent the Western Conference in this year's NBA finals. But after losses to Dallas and Portland to open the season, it seems that the team cannot get on the same page. Steve Nash left last nights game against Portland with a leg contusion. He hopes to play Friday, but we will see once game time arrives as he is listed as doubtful. Is Mike Brown's "Princeton Offense" to blame for the Lakers struggles? There is a lot of criticism heading Brown's way for his offensive system. Kobe Bryant defended his coach saying it is "idiotic" and "funny" that people are criticizing the offense after only two games. But I believe there needs to be a few tweaks in Brown's philosophy in order to make this very athletic Laker team mesh. The new look Lakers have actually gone 0-10 including preseason. Things obviously aren't clicking for the Lakers early on.

Steve Nash is one of the best ever at pushing tempo and running the floor. It's where he thrives. When the offense is slowed down and the ball is fed to Dwight Howard in the paint, teams will not hesitate to foul Howard and send him to the line. This team has more of the build to be an authentic west-coast "run and gun" team. Howard is possibly the most athletic big man in the league and can easily get a lot of fast break looks when you have Nash orchestrating the break. The Princeton offense requires the team to slow down where all five players read the team defense in order to get someone open. I can see where this offense is able to work as the Lakers have a multitude of weapons on offense. But it doesn't play to the overall strength of the team. Nash has been a pick and roll point guard his whole career. The Lakers need more two man basketball with Nash and Dwight or Pau. Let "Steve be Steve" as Mike Brown told Lakers press. Kobe Bryant admitted he is not happy with the 0-2 start. 

"It's going to be a little edgy because I'm not a very happy camper around here right now."     

The Lakers are obviously unsure of what their identity is going to be: whether the offense will run through Steve Nash and the two man game, or Kobe Bryant and one-on-one skills that we all know and love. Brown believes this team will be able to figure themselves out by the All-Star break. But by then will it be too late to be a top 3 seed in the west and secure a home court advantage throughout at least the first two rounds?

"You see flashes," Brown said. "You see flashes of us moving the ball well. You see flashes of us cutting well. Even defensively, at times, we're doing the right thing, but we haven't put it together for 48 minutes and I talked to the guys about that. We have to put it together for 48 minutes in order to be good in this league, and right now we're not doing it. Especially defensively." 

Brown blamed the Lakers struggles on the defensive end. The problems are coming on both ends. Defense will not be an issue for long with Howard defending the paint. The offense needs to be worked on and walk throughs in practice need to be broken down. The first step to fixing a problem is admitting the problem. At least the Lakers have done that. All they can do now is work day in and day out to patch their problems and find an identity. 

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