Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by TX9R:
The 3 seed would be nice, as long as Utah stays at 7 we have an excellent chance to get to the WCF. Matchups are everything it could either be another one and done, or a few games from the Finals. I don't expect to win it all, but I do expect to get deep in the playoffs.
Who do you think are your best/worst matchups in the playoffs?
That's easy, worst would be Utah. For one it's near impossible to win there, DWill kills us and they have the shooters that upset our defense. Okur is the problem, much like Sam Perkins did to Hakeem, Yao has to come out to the 3 point line, or at least out of the paint and that messes up the whole defense. Couple that with the fact that they've knocked us out it seems every year and you have the mental advantage to bbot.
Best is Portland. They don't have the type of PG that gives us fits, their PFs are more shooters than post up guys which plays into our smaller PFs hands. Their center is inconsistent and a foul waiting to happen, we'd have home court, and they lack experience and will likely just be happy to be there.
Before people jump and say why I don't mention LA, for one if we do play them, it will mean we got out of the first round, which is really the goal here. Two I honestly think we match up better with them than Utah anyway regardless of what happened in the regular season in that we have good defenders to counter what they do best, if you can have such a thing. there more traditional in that the C doesn't shoot outside a typical range, their PG is just so-so and their best player plays the position that we have the most capable defenders to match. The clear advantage though is Gasol and his size. I actually like the Rox bench a little better.