August 6, 2020, 8:27 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
After a few tough outings Frank Vogel stated that the Lakers are looking into a personnel change.
The Lakers are 2-2 since the NBA restart and have locked up the No.1 seed in the West but have continued to struggle, by their standards, in the bubble. While in Orlando, the team is shooting a league-worst 25% from deep and have not been able to get easy transition buckets. Getting out on the fast break is where this team thrived in the regular season, averaging 18.8 fast break points per game. In their losses to Toronto and Oklahoma City they had a combined 13 transition points. Vogel blames the uptick in fouls called by officials for his team slowing the pace saying, “We tried to play with pace early, but we fouled.” After Wednesday's loss to the Thunder an irritated Vogel had this to say about his team, “Part of what we’re learning is some things are not working,” he said. “Obviously, when something is not working, you change the personnel or change the way you’re using them. That’s what we’re looking at right now.” The team's usual starting lineup has played a combined 294 minutes in Orlando and has been outscored by 13 points in that time, so maybe Vogel is on to something. While the team could just be putting it in cruise control as they head into the playoffs it will be interesting to see if they can flip the switch when the games matter again.
Source: Anthony Slater for The Athletic