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Skills science: Detailing 3 great plays and skills from the Lakers' wins vs. the Thunder

The Lakers got two wins against the Thunder, so I dissected three elite plays from those victories through the lens of biomechanics, technique, and mental skills.

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The Lakers are currently on perhaps the least impressive six-game win streak of all-time, with the last two coming in a two-game mini-series vs. the Oklahoma Thunder, both in overtime. It's the first time the Lakers have played three straight overtime games since 1991!

But even if those were mediocre wins at best, every Lakers game right now is filled with an assortment of superb plays, and this victory 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 at the film of what went right during a few games when (despite the results) not a lot seemed to:

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 about 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 section 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.

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