Originally posted by Joecool:Originally posted by LA9erFan:
If this postseason has proven anything, it's that what happens in the previous series is completely irrelevant. Orlando just came off of a series where they beat Atlanta by the largest margin in NBA history. The same Atlanta team that swept the Celtics in the regular season.
The end result? Orlando goes from destroying the Hawks to getting destroyed by the Celtics. Phoenix just swept the Spurs, and are getting worked by a Laker team that didn't look great against OKC.
It's really ALL about matchups. It doesn't matter how hot the Lakers or the Celtics are right now. It isn't a harbinger of the next series. You can bet good money that the Celtics will not by holding our best player to 7 points in any game in the next series.
The major advantage 2010 Lakers have over their 2008 loser Lakers is that Kobe won't get torched by Pierce this time around. Pierce will be well-guarded by Ron Artest, which means don't expect Artest to be mentally into it offensively. He will be in Dennis Rodman mode as he was against OKC. This will really keep the Lakers offense slowed down as it was against OKC. The main problem for the Lakers is that Boston's offense no longer revolves around Pierce. Boston is geared around Rondo, for the most part, and is EXTREMELY balanced between all of the starters (we have all seen the double digits point average between the starters).
The Lakers entire offense is geared around Kobe/Gasol with Kobe being the guy who is forced to keep the Lakers close throughout the game. Boston has all of the matchups to hold off the Lakers at every single position but the Lakers absolutely cannot match Rando at any aspect and we all saw what happened with OKC and their PG being the focal point of their wins.
It's going to be interesting how Lakers handle this and it seems as though Lakers will be forced to make more adjustments than Boston will. Usually, the team that's required to make more adjustments plays a little more inconsistent because adjustments usually get figured out and don't always hold.
Eh, who knows, if Phoenix's bench even decides the enter the gates of the arena, then it may be a Suns/Celtics series, which opens a whole new set up matchups.
Kobe barely guarded Pierce at all in '08, lol.