Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by lamontb:
What is making Memphis so good is that they have 2 big men that can SCORE. Besides the Lakers everybody else's big men can only defend and block shots. Ibaka and Perkins have no real offensive skill set in the post. Thus Memphis gets easy baskets and sets the tone for the young outside players to get open shots and play wiht confidence. OKC can only shot jump shots. never get any easy baskets. while Memphis is playing straight half court basketball and dictating the pace. Key for OKC is to get Memphis is a running up and down style. Denver was a good match up b/c they wanted to run. Memphis is a real problem for them.
Yeah, Memphis is an interestingly constructed team. They're really not that good in terms of interior defense...which is a rarity amongst teams that make it to this point...but their perimeter defense is superb and they force a lot of turnovers that lead to easy buckets. Then if they're in the half court, both Randolph and Gasol can score, just as you mentioned.
They've an offensive team on the interior and a defensive team on the perimeter. Just the opposite of what a lot of really good teams have been. Very interesting squad.
I didn't realize until Game 2 of the Spurs series that they have Tony Allen.
That's when I was like...f**k! Tony Allen and Battier equal lock down on Manu for 48 minutes. Combine that with Randolph and Gasol and it was like f**k^3!!
If they beat OKC, they will have a s**tload of trouble against the Lakers because MEM relies heavily on their big men to produce points and the Lakers have the perfect combo, defensively, to stop that. The only thing Memphis probably can do is give Kobe issues for 48 minutes but the Lakers have already proven they can win against non-elite teams without full production from Kobe.