Obviously, I’m picking Green here but my bias is not completely blind and I’ve got some reasoning here…
First, the Western Conference plays absolutely zero defense. It’s all run and gun, finesse offense and nobody plays D. Seth and I were talking about this last week when he was in town…think Dallas, PHX, LAL, OKC, Denver…all teams that put up points but couldn’t cover our over weight friend Red in his backyard. The only team in the West that actually does play D is San Antonio and that’s why they have 3 Rings and upset Dallas (heavy pick to come out of West after the Caron Butler trade) earlier.
If you watch Suns-LA, anyone in yellow gets wide open looks all day. Sure, with wide open looks, they look good and are avging 126 pts against Los Suns. They’re NBA pros, any pro can and is supposed to hit open shots. But how many open looks you see Orl or Cle getting against Boston? None…everything gets contested, every 3 gets run at, there’s a hand in your face every shot. The Cs never had to double team Dwight or Shaq…we bottled up DWade and bottled up LeBron. You don’t think they can bottle up Kobe and smack down Gasol/Bynum?
D Wins Championships and it doesn’t just sound good off the tongue, it’s true.
Celts absolutely destroyed the favorite Lakers two years ago. They set two records in that beat down: largest 2nd half comeback and a 39pt win to clinch the title. And I said this to start the year, but this Celts team is even better than the ’07-’08 team. Big 3 knows each other’s games now. They were technically “getting used to each other” in ’07, as scary as that sounds. Now each one of them know exactly where the other is gonna be and what the other is thinking. Rondo is 10 X’s the player he was in ’07 and Perk is 5 X’s the player he was in ’07. And remember, Doc almost cost them the whole thing because he’d always finish the game with Cassell over Rondo who he would sit. Now Rondo’s at 45mpg and rolling. Baby and Tony Allen already have rings and both have been strong assets off the bench the entire postseason. Sheed and Finley both have rings off the bench. It’s just as formidable as the PJ Brown, Posey and Eddie bench.
Lastly, Derek Fisher. What are they going to do with this guy? He can’t guard Rondo. Couldn’t dream to even in his prime. Rondo will do his magic to the point that Kobe will have to guard him. Well that means Ray or Paul will be on Fisher which is mismatch heaven. They’re PG is going to be rendered useless this entire season. He can’t get by Rondo, not even off a screen to start offense and they have no backup. They’re going to have to adjust on the fly so good luck with that.
Gasol’s still a bitch. Vujacic’s a bitch. Bynum’s a big softie who Perk’s gonna eat up after he just pwned Dwight and Shaq.
Odom’s on steroids. He cowherd against the Cs last time. Artest is an ‘x’ factor but if I’m LA, I don’t want to count on him. Cs still have too many weapons.
C’s D will take LA right out of their cute little “triangle offense” finesse game. Panic sets in, they force shots, Kobe starts throwing teammates under the bus, Phil breaks out the bong on the sideline….We’ve all seen it before.
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