LeBron struggled on Christmas Day against the Warriors, as he was “held” to 20 points, six rebounds and six assists – with seven turnovers – in a 99-92 defeat. The Warriors swarming defense blocked eight shots, led by Kevin Durant’s five.
The Cavs blocked zero.
The website 538 broke down the defense on LeBron, and it’s nothing earth-shattering, and nothing he hasn’t seen before.
Keeping in mind that LeBron has the option of being a free agent in six months, there’s one team in the NBA that has the length defensively to switch on everything, the salary cap money to afford him and a friend, and is a city LeBron would want to move to for the next stage in his career: The Lakers.
You toss in LeBron and Paul George (6-foot-9) and you’ve got a potentially killer defensive team that can make screening irrelevant for a defense where everyone can guard.
The question will be offensively, are Ball and Ingram good enough shooters yet? The answer is a resounding no. Lonzo is shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers; Ingram just 34 percent.