Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets
Round 3 - Western Conference Finals
I typically dislike Sunday's but after watching the Lakers advance to the Western Conference Championship in Game 7 and then treated with watching the Celtics advance to early preseason scrimaging is making me shout TGIS!
With the Lakers "Bipolar" series against Houston, the Denver Nuggets will be the perfect remedy for the disorderly conduct led by Ron Artest and the Rockets. I'm still dizzy! I'm just happy I won't see Artest steal anymore money from this fluctuating economy by suiting up again! This man acted his way through technicals and threw the ball away more times than a third base coach collecting foul balls for the crowd. Artest's looney antics even had SAG consider his performance! This series will be much closer and more evenly played. Fans will not be left knowing who the victor will be entering the 4th quarter, that's a fact.
Here's the breakdown by positions. (Playoffs stats)
At the PG position:
D. Fish will have his hands full defending Chauncey Three-ups. Chauncey more than doubles Fisher's PPG, having 221 points against Derek's 79. Yes Chauncey averages more playing time, but the Lakers bench should PICK UP THEIR GAME and show the world why they are the deepest bench out there! Lakers simply can't afford to have Three-ups light it up like he did in Game 1 versus the Hornets, making 8 FRIGGIN' 3 pointers! Ouch! DEFEND the perimeter...DEFEND the perimeter! I don't want to shout at the TV everytime I see defensive gaps start to form around the outside perimeter. This drives me insane.
At the SG position:
Kobe is averaging 27 PPG versus J.R, Smith's mere 16. This is where Kobe should ABSOLUTELY conquer! Smith can not guard Kobe and this match-up will determine several Lakers victories. Kobe will just plain out collect pink slips with any player desperately thrown his way. Enough said.
At the SF position:
Carmelo is unstoppable and is on a personal mission to not only prove to himself but prove to the league that he can lead his team to the NBA Finals. He will kick, scratch, punch (while running away) and do whatever it takes to stay alive in the playoffs. He is averaging 27 PPG. Odom and Ariza will have to play well against Melo by blocking the inside path and defend the perimeter. Ariza's great defense and Odoms penetration to the lane using his lengthy left arm will be key.
At the PF position:
Gasol is averaging 18 PPG w/ 11 boards versus K Marts 10 PPG & 5 boards. Gasol needs to chew Kenyon up and spit him out, maybe leaving another bite mark on his neck in the process. Kenyon's only strength is picking up the garbage. He will get his O Rebs and finish strong against Gasol. K Marts mouth is bigger than his balling ability and he will show his frustration by playing dirty and mouthing at the L.A. crowd like he did in Dallas.
At the Center position:
Bynum, O Bynum where art thou?! Bynum needs to step it up like he did the last 3 games. Nene is playing well averaging 7 boards per game and can be a major surprise if not guarded well. I personally think the Bird Man Chris Anderson is a bit over-rated but this man can definitely fly and make a block with his hustle play. I've seen him make a play at one end of the court and then run back to finish an alley oop dunk at the other end. The Lakers whine way too much after a play and I can easily see Anderson fly over the pool of Laker tears to score at the other end. STOP WHINING and just play ball! Come on Lakers, as a fan it's mentally collapsing to see the ego's come out when calls don't come our way. It's OKAY! The refs can't make every call! Move on and play some well needed defense.
Shannon Brown has an opportunity to shine. If Brown plays well and shows poise under pressure like he does then he can be the surprising factor! He has the ability to make the right plays and make the high percentage shots, hopefully he will showcase his talents when given the minutes.
Get ready to buckle up and hold on tight. Hide the nail-clippers as you wont need them and prepare yourself for quite a show. Denver is strong, very strong and underestimating them will be a BIG mistake.
Let's make this a 5 game series! Let's go LAKERS!