NBA 2009 Playoffs: Lakers vs Rockets

First seed, Los Angeles Lakers, takes on fifth seed, Houston Rockets.

The Rockets are a a different animal.  They have 2-pronged defensive monsters in Ron Artest and Shane Battier.  And if you go past either of them?  You only have to get by 7-6 behemoth Yao Ming.

Tell that to Kobe Bryant.

Defensively, the Rockets are a beast.  They have two very well-known perimeter defenders and one legitimate shotblocker.  Don’t forget their scrapper, Luis Scola.  He’s an offensive rebounding demon.

The Lakers’ sleepwalking days are over.  They cannot afford to dilly dally with a defensive veteran team like the Houston Rockets. Read More

Here Comes the Jinx Again – Lakers favored to win it all

As usual, here comes the fearless forecasts (or jinx) that the experts have made. Not surprisingly, the Lakers are on top. Last season, Bill Simmons jinxed the Lakers (or reverse-jinxed the Celtics). This season, almost 50% of the experts are trying to jinx the Lakers.

My gut feeling is the Celtics will repeat. Read More