I'll be watching closely the matchup between Slava & Andrei Kirilenko. It's the Ukrainian? against the Russian. Interesting matchup. I expect Slava to hold his own against "AK47". Cool nickname for Kirilenko. Slava has been playing well. Since no Malone, Horace must play well, rebound, stand in the lanes like a tree, and hit most of his open mid range jumpers. Shaq, Kobe, and Payton need to score more points than usual due to Malone's absence. The big guys must rebound, rebound, rebound. Everything else will take care of itself.