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View Poll Results: Lakers or Mavs
Lakers 9 60.00%
Mavs 6 40.00%
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:27 AM
 
Location: So California
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I did get a little insight from Barkley after the game, although I usually just listen to him for entertainment......the Lakers big advantage has been Bynum and Gasol playing together. Against the Mavs they cant do that because neither of them can guard Dirk. That means they have to sub one of them out for a defender, usually Odom. What that does is even the playing field, taking away the twin tower advantage. The Mavs have to defend Kobe, which they did a decent job of, even though Kobe shot a good percentage. The other Mavs advantage is their bench is much better than the Lakers bench.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:33 AM
 
Location: The 719
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LOL, you're kidding right?
Yeah, I think he meant Mavs in 6... maybe 5.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Earth
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......the Lakers big advantage has been Bynum and Gasol playing together. Against the Mavs they cant do that because neither of them can guard Dirk. That means they have to sub one of them out for a defender, usually Odom. What that does is even the playing field, taking away the twin tower advantage.

Hmm..interesting perspective. The other thing is the Mavs have legit 7 footers, Dirk, Chandler, Hayward so they are one of a few teams who actually have the size to compete with the Lakers. Still, the Lakers lost game 1 last series to NO as well..... way too early to call things yet( same with the Bulls-Hawks series). Overall, one heck of a playoffs run so far....
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:28 AM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Stupid play for the lakers at the end
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Kobe:

"This team could beat us - it's clear."

Mavs:

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:54 AM
 
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Interesting distribution of shot attempts and assists here:

pau gasol - 10 shot attempts, 7 assists
lamar odom - 10 shot attempts, 2 assists
andrew bynum - 8 shot attempts, 1 assist
kobe bryant - 29 shot attempts, 0 assists

How does

1) Kobe not have a single assist, yet Gasol manages 7, and Bynum ONE assist?

2) Kobe takes 29 shots, one more than the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th best players on the team COMBINED?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Interesting distribution of shot attempts and assists here:

pau gasol - 10 shot attempts, 7 assists
lamar odom - 10 shot attempts, 2 assists
andrew bynum - 8 shot attempts, 1 assist
kobe bryant - 29 shot attempts, 0 assists

How does

1) Kobe not have a single assist, yet Gasol manages 7, and Bynum ONE assist?

2) Kobe takes 29 shots, one more than the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th best players on the team COMBINED?
I think those numbers might be more of a function of where the Mavs placed their defensive emphasis than anything. Hard to fault 29 shots when you make 1/2....better to give Kobe his and keep the other guys uninvolved, contained and off the O-boards.

Again, the old joke about calling them the "allas Mavericks" because they have no D is a thing of the past. As a result they are actually a threat in the playoffs.

Looking forward to watching the rest of the series.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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^^thats true, they didnt double team Kobe, and for the most part Kobe made them pay, but it worked for the Mavs too
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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I think those numbers might be more of a function of where the Mavs placed their defensive emphasis than anything. Hard to fault 29 shots when you make 1/2....better to give Kobe his and keep the other guys uninvolved, contained and off the O-boards.
I also think it's indicative of the one thing that really separates Kobe from Jordan( and I've said it here before): Kobe in 15 seasons still struggles to find a balance between when to go into hero scoring mode, and when to distribute/facilitate. Dirk can't guard Gasol( the reverse is true as well), so if I was the Lakers I would be pounding it inside. Gasol 10 shots? Ridiculous!
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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Hmm..interesting perspective. The other thing is the Mavs have legit 7 footers, Dirk, Chandler, Hayward so they are one of a few teams who actually have the size to compete with the Lakers. Still, the Lakers lost game 1 last series to NO as well..... way too early to call things yet( same with the Bulls-Hawks series). Overall, one heck of a playoffs run so far....
I agree, its way to early. I'd love to see the Mavs win one for Dirk, but Im not confident in this series or the finals if they were to make that.
I grew up a Laker fan and generally would root for them, but Ive been here for Dirks entire career and he's done so much with good but not great players.
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