Scnottaken wrote:SpencerHarrison wrote:I dont really buy the idea that the Spurs are so vastly superior to the Lakers.
LA lost a playoff game on the road against a good home team. It got blown open late, but the score was within 4-6 for most of the contest.
I think Blake and Dwight's defense has been stellar, and I anticipate seeing that same intensity in game 2. Play tough, scrap, and hit shots.
The Spurs? They're a good team, but the playoffs haven't been kind to them in a while. Pop is the greatest coach in the NBA? I guess that's why he can't seem to crack the conference finals lately with such a legendary and bulletproof roster. Come on. The Spurs are absolutely vulnerable. And LA has a very capable roster of veteran talent. Let's see a game where Jamison gets going and shots fall for Nash and Gasol.
I really can't believe how overrated the Spurs are by some of you. Good god.
I think it's partly because of the lack of Kobe. It's really rattled many people's perceptions of the team. This is no longer the team that posted the second best record in the west over the second half of the season, but a team that relies on relatively inconsistent scoring options.
I thought we would lose with Kobe, and I think we're going to lose without him. Of course, my heart hopes my brain is dead wrong here and the Lakers do end up victorious. But IMO, this team never played well enough during the course of the season for me to believe it can get it together, over a 7 game series, against a machine like the Spurs. The only way anyone is picking the Lakers to win this series (before or after game 1) is in a situation where they put nothing at stake.
I also think the second best record in the West thing is a bit misleading IMO. It was a big shock to most people when they were informed of it, and in watching the games, I don't think anyone can walk away and say that the Lakers played like an ELITE team in the second half of the season. The record was good, no doubt, but we never really looked like a team that would do damage in the postseason (well, to anyone but us fans), the way the second best team in the West would be expected to do.
I will say, there is a certain ... calmness for me as a fan, when we're playing in the position of a clearcut underdog. There's no, pressure so to speak. We're supposed to lose. If we push them to 6 or 7 games, then that's a plus. If we somehow win it, that is HUGE. Being the favorite can be scary because you're supposed to win all of your series all of the time and when you don't, the disappointment is ten times worse than it will be if we lose in a year we're expected to lose anyway.