What's wrong with the Lakers?

Is Kobe Bryant tired? Is it tough to integrate Andrew Bynum? Are they just coasting through the dog days of the season?

It's tough to say exactly what's going on, but a smart analysis of their losses by Jeff Fogle of HoopData makes some things clear.

In their six recent losses that have caused a lot of worry, the Lakers have:

  • Played at a slower pace than the rest of the season, and yet still ...

  • Turned the ball over more than normal.

Their defense has also been a little worse than typical for them during the period, but most of the story is offense.

Which begs the question: Are the Lakers just a better, more efficient offensive team when they play a little faster?

Fogle recommends watching a few more games, and gathering a little more data, before drawing any conclusions.