May 28, 2024

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Lakers’ Game 1 defensive changes vs. Nikola Jokic just the start

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Maybe the Lakers actually will attempt kidnapping Nikola Jokic at some point during this series.

First-year Los Angeles coach Darvin Ham quipped before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals that the best strategy to defend Denver’s two-time MVP is to “catch him coming out of his house.” The Lakers didn’t deploy that trick in a 132-126 Nuggets win Tuesday night. But if Ham’s postgame comments indicated anything, it’s that anything is on the table — from the now-familiar coverages of Game 1 to the mysteries still up Ham’s sleeve.

“It’s not any one coverage that you’re going to be able to stay in versus that kid,” Ham said. “There’s no one person that’s going to stop him. It has to be done by committee. … You have to switch up matchups at times and you…

Bennett Durando

2023-05-16 23:59:03

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