jlkr wrote:Given the Lakers' strength in the post, I would prefer Dallas or Denver in the 1st round. Houston seems to be pretty good at giving the Lakers fits with their defense.
Definitely do not want Memphis at any time, they are the only team in the West that can flat out compete with the Lakers in the post plus they have Tony Allen to lead the perimeter defense in pestering Kobe. I'm not nearly as afraid of OKC or SA because the Lakers have the clear advantage in the post over both of those teams.
Regarding SA, I don't think they can match the Lakers in a 7 game series even if they play a lot better than they did in the blowout loss last week. The Lakers' strength in the post will wear Duncan down. The rebounding edge might not be 60-33 like last time, but it will still be sizable. A real hurdle for SA to overcome.
Regarding OKC, given MWP's resurgence, Durant will still score, but he'll have to work hard at both ends of the floor. Westbrook is the OKC X-factor as no Laker can stop him from getting his shots. Ibaka will be prominent part of their help defense in the post, but Bynum is slowly but surely getting better against the double teams. So it will be a thrilling series which I now expect to go to 7 games if the Lakers play as well as they have recently and Kobe can stay healthy.
^^ Great breakdown and I agree 100% with all of it. Big +1 for me!
I hope the standings stay as they are facing Dallas in the first round or even possibly Denver. I want SA second round, even with them having HCA. As shown the other day on their home floor, the Lakers don't have any fear of SA and we match up very well with them. I wholeheartedly believe we will take them out in a series. No question in my mind.
I also believe we are going to have a showdown with OKC in the WCF to really find out who the best in the West is right now. At least I'm hoping for it . . . but really, I do think it's going to happen. All bets are off for that one if it does go down.