With the NBA restart and playoffs right around the corner, the smallest of details and finest of margins are progressively amplified. One of those details and keys to success for the Lakers will be their ability to defend on-ball and off-ball screens, with wing Danny Green often tasked to handle the opposing team’s best players; a burden that’s only grown larger with Avery Bradley deciding to opt out of the NBA restart due to family health concerns.
Green’s ability to navigate screens effectively is one of his main strengths, and part of why advanced stats consistently rank him in the top tier of perimeter defenders. In the following videos, I detailed the key factors — mental, physical, and technique — that underlie Green’s screen navigation prowess.
So there you have it. Green’s ability to expertly navigate screens will only become more and more important as the Lakers — hopefully, no jinx — get deeper and deeper into the playoffs. That prowess is one of the main reasons he served as a foundational cornerstone for the Toronto Raptors’ championship run last season, and will again be counted upon heavily by this Lakers team as they continue their quest for their record-tying 17th title.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room.