For once, Luke Walton could not pin his team’s latest defeat entirely on bad defense. Instead, in a 96-81 loss at Utah on Saturday, Walton turned his focus to an offense that shot just 38.3 percent from the field and made just 5 of 22 3-point attempts.
Some of this, Walton conceded, is as simple as players missing shots. But he sees another solution, and it will not come as a surprise to those who have paid attention to the second-year coach’s hoops philosophy.
“In my opinion,” he said, “we still need to play a faster pace.”
The Lakers (2-4), who ranked sixth in pace of play in Walton’s first season, are already playing faster. Through six games, they are fourth in that category, with 106.1 possessions per 48 minutes.
“We’re better when we’re out in transition and we’re not bogged down against a half-court defense,” Walton said. “Because we’re playing so many young guys … we’ve got to get out, let them make plays, where they can use some of their skills, some of their youth to their advantage.”
The Jazz, not surprisingly, has been the league’s slowest team, ranking 30th in pace.
Luke Walton wants struggling Lakers to play even faster
Orange County Register | Oct 30