Tonight we find out if the Lakers really are serious about three-peating. If they make the proper adjustments they should win easily against a Dallas team that will relax as all road teams do if they win Game 1.
I'm hoping to see the Lakers run their offense and bust the zone with easy baskets, and for the Lakers to actually play defense and not allow Dallas to take uncontested jumpers and shoot nearly 50% for an entire game. I want to see the Lakers control the paint instead of Dallas, and for Kobe to take better shots in the flow of the offense much like Dirk.
A win here is critical, and the Lakers should be up for the task. The hard work comes in Dallas, where the Mavericks are entirely capable of winning both of their home games. I hope the Lakers do not relax assuming they win tonight's game, and I hope they give close to 100% every game from now on to send Phil off with one last title.
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat