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Skills Science: Breaking down three elite plays from the Lakers trouncing of the Rockets

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I detailed three superb plays the Lakers made against the Rockets through the lens of biomechanics, technique, and mental skills.

Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Getty Images

The Lakers gallivanted into Toyota Center on Sunday afternoon in the first part of a 2-game series vs the Houston Rockets, looking to uphold their perfect road record deep in the heart of Texas. The Lakers did just that in resounding fashion, taking the game in a relatively easy 120-102 win on the back of a locked-in first half performance.

Every Lakers game right now is filled with an assortment of superb plays, and this one was no exception. In the following video — using my background in sports science, movement, and coaching — I dissected three elite plays and skills the Lakers displayed through the lens of biomechanics, movement patterns, basketball technique and the “mental side” of the game.

Let’s take a closer look:

So that’s my top three plays for this game, with each play and player showcasing a combination of skills and abilities leading to some superb moments of basketball.

My goal is to produce these “Skills Science” segments after the majority of games this season (and ideally after each game - hey, a man can dream, can’t he?) and hopefully they provide a little more detail into the technical aspects of movement, skills and the game of basketball itself. In the meantime, what were some elite skills, plays and details that stood out to you? Let me know in the comments below this post.

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. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.