The Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 90-82, on Friday night. Here are five things to take away from the game:
1. Defensive rebounding had become what Lakers Coach Byron Scott called an “Achilles’ heel” for his team in recent games.
So he jumped on his big men and his guards, telling them they had to keep the Dallas Mavericks off the glass.
And it worked on Friday night.
Not only did the Lakers outrebound the Mavericks, 57-48, they gave up only seven offensive rebounds to Dallas.
Scott had seen a fundamental problem with his team when it came to defensive rebounds, a problem he said actually exists throughout the...