L.A. Times: It’s a strange time for a quirk in the schedule, but the Lakers are trying to embrace it.

By the time Sunday rolls around, they’ll have played only one game in eight days, the NBA equivalent of an NFL “bye” in Week 2.

It’s early and it’s unusual, but the Lakers are calling it an opportunity, using the three days before Wednesday’s home game against the Clippers and the three days after it to work on screen-and-roll defense and reducing turnovers in half-court sets.

Other than that, there’s not much to do beyond wondering aloud about all the free time.

“I really haven’t had a week like this ever since I’ve been in the league,” said Kobe Bryant, who told teammates before Monday’s practice that this would be a good time to clean up a few minor things in an otherwise solid 3-0 start. “It’s a great opportunity for us to make some improvements. We can sharpen up.”

Early peculiarities aside, the Lakers’ schedule is fairly friendly.

There are no trips like last season’s nine-game monster that kept them away from home for 15 days. They have a seven-game trip that starts in late March, but their reward comes quickly after that — five of their last seven games at Staples Center.

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