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