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Lakers’ Byron Scott putting more emphasis on stopping 3-pointers than making them

first_imgAfter once calling former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni an “offensive genius” shortly after the Lakers hired him two years ago, Bryant made it clear last season that he did not like the “small ball” system. Instead, Bryant said he preferred playing “smash-mouth, old-school basketball.”Last season, the Lakers finished third in 3-point shooting (38.1 percent) on 24.7 attempts per game. But the Lakers still finished with the worst record in L.A. franchise history. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he doesn’t believe a heavy emphasis on 3-point shooting “wins you championships.” Yet, seven of the past eight NBA title teams led the league in both 3-point shots made and attempted.Scott said he is more focused on limiting opponents’ outside shooting, specifically citing that the Lakers have rotated late in defending outside shots from the corner. “Once we’re healthy, we’ll be a little bit more aggressive from the 3-point line,” Scott said. “Now it’s about trying to get the ball moving from side to side.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ 40-year-old point guard Steve Nash (back) and their 19-year-old rookie Julius Randle (right leg) are already out for the season. But the Lakers have also missed their two most prolific 3-point shooters with Nick Young (right thumb) and Ryan Kelly (right hamstring) out. Young wore a smaller cast this week, but he is not expected to return until late November. Kelly plans to practice on Monday and possibly return on Tuesday against Phoenix. “I’m unique in being a big who can shoot the ball,” Kelly said. “I hope I can help when I get back and knock a few down at least.”Mute buttonThe Lakers may have become unwatchable, opening the season with two double-digit losses. But the Lakers still are featured on 28 national television appearances this season.“I don’t know why y’all keep showing the Lakers,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Thursday during the Cleveland-New York telecast. “Come on man. This ain’t the 2000s anymore. Quit showing the Lakers, TNT.”center_img Kobe Bryant maintained an aura of calmness as he sat by his locker stall. He insisted he would not lose his cool amid the Lakers’ sluggish start.But a troubling trend has emerged that Bryant called “a big problem.” Houston and Phoenix combined to make 28 of 61 from 3-point range, while the Lakers have shot only 7 of 23 in their first two regular-season games. How do the Lakers solve it?“Guarding the 3-point shot and shooting more and making more ourselves,” Bryant said. “That’s tough math to overcome.”The Lakers hosted the Clippers on Friday in a designated home game at Staples Center, playing an opponent that features sharpshooting from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick. The Lakers play today in Golden State, which features Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson firing away at ease.last_img read more