Lakers Struggle With Defensive Rebounding In Loss To Nuggets

Photo: Instagram/Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers faced another setback against the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs. 

The Nuggets took a 114-103 victory, putting the Lakers on the defensive as they aim to defend their title.

The Nuggets have shown dominance over the Lakers recently, winning every game this season and sweeping them in last year's Western Conference Finals. 
Despite this, the Lakers believe they can turn things around if they minimize mistakes.

Photo: Instagram/Anthony Davis

One glaring issue for the Lakers in their Game 1 loss was their poor defensive rebounding. The Nuggets capitalized on this weakness, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' six. This allowed the Nuggets more scoring opportunities, making it challenging for the Lakers to keep up.

Anthony Davis acknowledged this problem, stating, "We can't be bad at defensive rebounding and transition. It's something that we struggle against this team with since last playoffs...Once again, that's our Achilles heel. We have to be better in both departments, if not one."

With both teams recording 34 defensive rebounds, the difference in offensive rebounds proved crucial for the Nuggets in controlling the game and securing the win. The Lakers will need to address this issue to improve their chances in the series.

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Source: Sports Illustrated 

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