During the blowout win over the Detroit Pistons on Halloween, the Los Angeles Lakers played extremely well on both ends of the floor. The team was locked in defensively which carried over to the offensive end of the floor to the delight of head coach Luke Walton.

After practice on Wednesday, Walton talked about his team’s effort defensively and how he believes this young Lakers squad is starting to understand what it takes to sustain that level of play.

“I think as a group we’re starting to understand what type of energy we have to play with on that end, and how hard it is to be a good defensive team and how locked in you have to be,” Walton said. “I think we’ve shown spurts of it, but I really think over these last three to four games, they’re starting to understand that and they’re starting to embrace it which is a good thing.