STAT OF THE DAY
Just how good was the zone? In 31 possessions against the Suns man defense, the Lakers shot 53.6%. In 41 possessions against the zone they shot 31.2%. Here's the breakdown of Lakers possessions against the Suns zone from Synergy Sports:
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The zone causes teams to become start taking only jump shots which the Lakers did last night, they stopped attacking and waiting for the extra pass to get it inside... instead they kept shooting and finished 9-32 from beyond the arc... The constant switching and pressure on the ball caused the Lakers to get out of the rhythm of their Triangle offense thus the large number of threes were attempted...