Finals Preview: Lakers vs. Celtics

Lakers Offensive/Celtics Defensive Strategy
The Laker offense is an open secret. Los Angeles will run the triangle most of the time. In the second quarter, the bench mob will run, run and run. If they can’t run, they will set the triangle. In the fourth quarter’s final minutes, Kobe will create scoring opportunities and will run the triangle from time to time. If they lead by two digits in the fourth, the triangle will be a staple. Otherwise, Kobe will mostly be isolated – look for Odom or Pau to dive while Kobe penetrates though.

The Celtics will want Kobe to score a lot so his teammates can’t find a groove. Kobe has the tendency to be a “space cadet” too especially when his health is 100% (which allegedly is, excluding the most famous pinkie in the world).

The text above is actually a copy of the Lakers offensive strategy in the Spurs series, hehe.

Now, let’s go to some custom Celtic defensive strategy. I’m sure the Celtics have seen how the Spurs have failed to contain Kobe’s jumpshot. They also know that they don’t have a Bruce Bowen in their team, even if Bowen is a step slower. Read More

Lakers should beat Blazers

Los Angeles (53-24) at Portland (38-39); 10:00 pm EDT Tue Apr 8, 2008

The Lakers should win this one. They have enough rest. They have Pau Gasol. Przybilla’s hand is broken and is out for the season. Kobe opined that they always get beat playing in Portland because the game usually is the 2nd of back to backs. Now, they have no excuses.

Yeah, they should win this one. I am only concerned about Pau’s health. Will he aggravate the injury on his ankle? Will he injure another part of is body? Lord, please, no.

Bynum is starting to practice basketball, going one-one-one with Rambis, etc. Read More

Portland (38-36) at Los Angeles (50-24)

Game info: 10:30 pm EDT Wed Apr 2, 2008

The regular season is nearing its end and still no Gasol and Bynum. Kobe is playing with one and one-fourth hands. Fisher has a partially torn tendon in his foot. Why God, why?

Even if the Lakers make the top 3 seeds in the west, are they healthy enough to play what is expected of them come playoff time? I think I hear Shaq praying for the continued bad luck that is happening to the most popular basketball team in the universe. Wait, is that Mike D’Antoni’s voice, praying with Shaq? Read More

Memphis (18-53) at Los Angeles (49-23)

Pau Gasol never won a playoff game in six seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies.

By sitting out his first chance to play against his former team on Friday at Staples Center, Gasol hopes he’ll be of more help to the Los Angeles Lakers as this year’s playoffs get closer.

Gasol is expected to miss his eighth straight game Friday because of a sprained left ankle. He said before the Lakers’ 108-95 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday that he aggravated the injury earlier in the week and he didn’t expect to play until next week. – Yahoo Sports

Charlotte (25-45) at Los Angeles (49-22)

After center Andrew Bynum suffered a major knee injury in January, the Los Angeles Lakers made a blockbuster trade for Pau Gasol to help them stay competitive in the crowded Western Conference playoff race.

When Gasol went down with an ankle injury, the team didn’t have to look as far to find its newest replacement.

Lamar Odom looks to continue his strong play in the absence of Bynum and Gasol as the Lakers try to reclaim first place in the West on Wednesday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.

Los Angeles beat Pacific Division rival Golden State 123-119 in overtime on Monday, bouncing back from a 115-111 loss to the Warriors the previous night. The victory put the Lakers (49-22) in first place in the West, although they’re now trailing New Orleans by percentage points. – Yahoo Sports