The Lakers have been losing games since the season began in two major areas: turnovers and free throws. The Lakers (7-8) are now leading the league in turnovers per game at 17.2.
It's a problem, one that can be naturally traced to the absence of Steve Nash.
Bryant is leading the team in turnovers with 4.1 a game. Dwight Howard is close behind at 3.2 while the remaining starters average a combined 6.7.
Given the team has the second-worst free-throw shooting percentage at 66.8%, the Lakers are finding it very easy to lose basketball games.
Unfortunately for the team, there may be no true answer until Nash gets back from a non-displaced leg fracture.
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