Like a perfectly functioning carburetor on an engine that's otherwise shot, there is one part of the
Kendall Marshall and
"We're having guys that are shooting the ball well right now," Coach
The Lakers recently experienced an uncanny uptick in long-distance shooting, largely a result of their making a franchise regulation-game record 19 of 27 (70.4%) three-pointers Friday against the
Marshall's unorthodox form, in which he pushes the ball toward the rim, probably will never appear in any shooting manuals, but he's been the team's best shooter since being plucked from the
Farmar was only a few ticks behind at 44.6% after his eight-for-10 performance on three-pointers against the Kings.
Newcomer MarShon Brooks had made eight of nine (88.9%) three-pointers, though he had not hoisted nearly enough shots to qualify as a league leader.
Six other Lakers were also above the widely used 33.3% benchmark for success as a three-point shooter: Kent Bazemore (46.2%), Meeks (39.9%),
D'Antoni seemed to have slightly higher standards.
"A good three-point shooter shoots in the 40s, and a couple of them are doing it right now," D'Antoni said. "Hopefully they can stick there."
Not waiting for them
D'Antoni sounded like he had moved on from expecting injured veterans
"I'm just surmising that as we get further into the year, it's like, really, they want to play?" D'Antoni said. "I don't think anything definitive has been decided and we'll keep working with Gary [Vitti] and the trainers and keep seeing how their body is and the medical staff will make a decision."
D'Antoni said he wasn't waiting for Bryant and Nash to implement his plan for the season's final 22 games.
"We're on a different track," D'Antoni said. "We're trying to evaluate guys and get them in the right spot and improve them and that way the front office can make good decisions on guys."