[Buy or Sell] Can the Lakers beat the Spurs?
We all know, a motivated Dwight Howard is a top-5 player in the league. He took a much less talented Magic team to the NBA Finals. Nash and Gasol are most likely the two best players Howard has ever played with and without Kobe to take possessions away from Nash, can we see them pick-n-roll themselves into the second round?
Not only would this be a huge comeback story (from 9 seed to 2nd round) but it also has a chance to set-up a possible "Battle for L.A." if the Clippers are able to get passed the Grizzlies.
Anybody buying this?
I'd rather play the Lakers with Kobe,lol and I'm not joking.Dwight and Gasol are scary
I'm buying. I don't see why not. If the Grizzlies could beat the Spurs in 2011 without Rudy Gay, I don't see why the Lakers can't beat them without Kobe. You have the best center in the game and one of the best bigs in the game. Plus Dwight needs to prove that he is still a top 5 player. The x factor is Tony Parker though. If he can get back to playing at the MVP level he was before the injuries, then I don't see it happening. But i'm going to go ahead and go out on a limb and say the Lakers will beat the Spurs and play the Clippers in the second round.
I meant to say the Lakers will play the Warriors in the second round.
You made some good points, especially that Dwight needs to prove something to the doubters and has to play with a chip on his shoulder is absolutely right. Gasol plays fantastic right now and Press sais Nash will be back now.
BUT I don't see this happening at all and to be honest I don't want to see it. This would be THE comeback story and maybe the officiating may fall this way but I really really want to see what a season like this from Timmy D is worth in the end.
Duncan played the most underrated season of all players to me and to me the Spurs are more ready this year than let's say the last 3 years. They have their usual injury problems with TP and Manu but to me a 7 game series against the spurs is the toughest one in the west right now.
Btw, a T-Mac makes the finals story aint that bad too...
I don't think they beat them, this Spurs team is better than the one that got upset in 2011 (emergence of Splitter and Leonard and resurgance of Duncan) but I'm expecting a 7 game series
I think San Antonio has too many fast wings and guards that can shoot the three and run (Lakers weakness), and Splitter/Duncan should mostly offset Howard and Gasol
First off, I don't know that a motivated-Howard is a Top 5 player in the league. And what is he motivated by? Fame? To have fun? Narcissism? Have the most touches on offense? Winning? I highly doubt it is the latter- the reason I don't consider him a Top 5 player.
Second, No the Lakers will not "pick-n-roll themselves into the second round." Why would Steve Nash all of a sudden perform like the 2-time MVP? Which is what it would take to beat Pop and the Spurs, despite the injuries.
Harden needs to cut that beard, I think it is choking him in critical, high-pressure situations. If he could have made a few shots at the end of last nights game, Lakers are dropped something quick by OKC. Instead he had a horrendous performance at the end of the game and OT. Seriously, Houston had some awful possessions. You could say their late-game performance was "Linferior" "Linadequate" and "Lincorrect." Yea, Lin is not a starting PG in this league.
I love Harden. I was a huge fan of him before he was drafted by my Thunder, but the guy did the same thing in last years finals.
Here we go again right? Just brushing off the Spurs like we all do every time... Having said that.... YES. I do think the Lakers can beat the Spurs. I wouldn't put money on it, but the Lakers have played the Spurs very well this year and if the team plays big and using Howard and Gasol down low then they will be a tough out for the Spurs. The Spurs are banged up as well so this will definitely not be a walk in the park for them. I really think it is going to be a 7 game series, but I see the Lakers putting up more of a fight than most people are going to give them credit for.
This team was bad for most of the year. They are atrocious defensively, and still are. The Spurs, like most playoff teams have been laying off the gas lately, while the Lakers were frantically trying to get into the playoffs. Without Kobe, they don't stand a chance. Playoff basketball is just different than regular season.
im not buying the lakers even winning two games against the spurs
there defense is god awful all around.... tony parker is gnna have a field day
BUY BUY BUY lakers got this. Steve Nash will play the best basketball of the season with the ball in his hands and not having Kobe breath down his neck. Then you got a hot Steve Blake drilling 3's.
If the lakers beat the spurs I'm going to be the most obnoxious laker poster on this site
Why in the world are people expecting Steve Nash to do anything? People talk about Kobe limiting him or something... This is the same Nash who struggled getting around defenders all season. The same Nash who broke his leg and is now struggling through hip, back and hamstring issues. The same Nash who's been getting burned on defense all season. Even when Nash was dominating the ball, he didn't really make Dwight better. Seriously... The Lakers might be better with Steve Blake in there, who's shot the ball just as well as Nash this season and is better defensively, which isn't saying much, but still.
IF Tony Parker is healthy, this series won't be close. IF he's not, then I think the Lakers may win a game or two. While the Lakers are playing through the post more (Gasol looks amazing) and everyone is getting touches with Kobe out, they will struggle without him during the playoffs. You can't count on Blake to keep putting up numbers like he's done the last couple of games.