jimbo327 wrote:John Wall was named Player of the Week. And Washington has improved quite a bit after Wall returned. And he has the speed to expose our lack of speed. There is no way Blake or Nash can keep up with that speed. And we don't have Kobe to counter that because he is still nursing a nasty ankle sprain.
I know most people this Washington is bad, but they are streaky. They are very similar to the Phoenix suns, and we just lost to them by double digit.
So yes, I stick with my projections, we win the last few games because Kobe gets back to healthy and wills the Lakers to victory. Of course, if Washington comes out cold, then its over. They don't play any defense. But if we come out cold again like in Phoenix, and they come out running/gunning...we are in trouble. And if they can make D12 play 10 feet out, and not let him catch too close to the basket...it is very hard for Lakers to score right now. We are depending on Meeks and Jamison, and not sure if they can put up the numbers.
Tobias Funke wrote:Its actually quite the opposite with the Wizards. Washington has developed into a very solid defensive squad this season, they just cant score the basketball. They stole one of Pop's assistants (and their coach is defensive mined as well). They kinda remind me of the current Bulls and Pacers squads, except with alot more losses.
I still expect us to be effective on offense though, and they are a pretty bad road team as well. Our defense isn't exactly elite though, and scrubs/scrub-teams always seem to find their touch vs the Lakers.
karacha wrote:HOU-UTA. Houston seems to be winning this easily. Up by 20 now, Harden is unstoppable and Utah sucks on the road.
wcsoldier81 wrote:Seems like we'll have to finish either 6 or 8 ..
Lakerjones wrote:^^ I still do not like our chances against OKC, especially in the first round with not much time for our team to gel. But it's true, let's just get in and see what kind of noise we can make.
nthydro wrote:I think this would make for an entertaining first round in West:
(1 vs 8) Spurs vs Lakers (our biggest rivals of the last decade)
(2 vs 7) Thunders vs Rockets (Harden vs his old team)
(3 vs 6) Nuggets vs Warriors (both are young, streaky, run-and-gun teams)
(4 vs 5) Grizzlies vs Clippers (rematch of that epic series last year)
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Spurs guard Tony Parker (Grade 2 left ankle sprain) will be active and probable to play tonight versus the Jazz.
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