Eric Bledsoe

Defense doesn’t get the job done in Lakers fifth straight defeat

Defense doesn’t get the job done in Lakers fifth straight defeat

From the very first day of training camp, Lakers Coach Luke Walton wanted one thing more than anything else: He wanted strong defense from a team that was one of the league’s worst defensively last season. 

Friday night at Staples Center, the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns, 119-115, in a game that showed that effort is still a work in progress. It was the Lakers’ fifth consecutive loss, keeping them winless in December. 

The Suns led by as many as 18 points before the Lakers mounted a furious comeback, as they have so many times this season. It wasn’t enough to break the Lakers’ lull. They dropped to 10-15 while the Suns improved to 7-16,...

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