You always know what you’re going to get with Nick Young. He’ll score. He’ll create. He’ll equally dazzle the crowd and confuse his defenders with his crossover dribbles and playmaking. Add it all up and it should be hardly surprising Young dropped a team-leading 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting and a 3 of 4 mark from three-point range in the Lakers’ 100-95 preseason loss Tuesday to the Golden State Warriors at MasterCard Center here in Beijing. Through five preseason games, Young has averaged a team-leading 14.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting in 23.6 minutes per game.
On defense? Well, it didn’t take long for Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni to admit that he takes plays off on defense and doesn’t always pay attention. D’Antoni has admitted he needs to give Young the freedoms since the good often outweighs the bad. But he’d still like for him to improve his habits to mitigate the team’s defensive issues..
This all became a topic of discussion on Time Warner Cable’s Access SportsNet recently where host Chris McGee, analyst Dave Miller and I dissected Young’s game.
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