Been saying it for a bit. The Lakers do not have a clear cut second guy. LeBron is a pretty consistent player, but over the course of an 82 game season he is going to have games where he plays poorly. To me, the biggest disappointment of the season thus far is how inconsistent the young guys have performed, I was expected them to take steps forward and outside of one big game from Kuzma it has been pretty mediocre.
I went to the game last night. The issues go far beyond identifying a second option. We scored 107 points, mostly on predictable plays and ad hoc one on one moves. Toronto's offense was a thing of beauty to watch.
The defense is the real issue. We cant beat anyone (very often) giving up 120 points. And the way we gave them up was pathetic. No one is talking on defense. There is limited switching going on. The perimeter guy gets beat usually due to lack of effort, McGee comes to help, Ibaka gets a pass and dunk. Watched the same play, (non)reaction from the Ls and result several times last night. Ball was the only one really trying on D.
When Lance's shot is not dropping, he looks like a clown. A bunch of moves all for nothing, combined with matador defense.