Lakers not playing well No 2nd option for Kobe
Celtics Not enough fire power to deal with Bron/Wade
Thunder Can they win in Memphis with a Rowdy fired up Crowd
Bulls who have not played well (except for close-out game against Pacers)
Lakers are in trouble in major trouble. The best advantage the Lakers have in this series is Andrew Byum. Kobe is too selfish to defer to Bynum and Phil doesnt have the guts to tell the team, particularly Kobe, that we are going to let Bynum lead us back into this series.
Well let's see....
Celtics aren't going to beat the Heat, I think this is Miami's year they are playing better and better each game.
Thunder should be ok, I just think the first game was a wake up call to them that Memphis is 4real, but I think the Thunder can handle them.
If Atlanta can click on all cylinders and play like they did the first game they can beat the bulls.
Now with all that being said I think the Lakers are in the most trouble. They are back to back champs and them not making it at least to the championship will be a dissapointment, and also the trust issue thing isn't good, and if you remeber it was kind of an issue during the regualr season when the team and Phil were upset with Kobe for shooting too much and not trusting his team then. Hopefully they can get it together before it's too late...or it might be too late.
Andrew Bynum needs to take on a bigger role in the offense and maybe it is finally time for kobe to take more of a backseat....Kobe's effectiveness is diminishing by the game and when called upon Bynum scores almost at will, all they can do is foul him....he's crafty, has a midrange game, post moves, athleticism with a 7 foot frame, it may be time to make him the focal point of the attack.
Pau and Bynum both need more touches and should get about 15 shots a game each IMO . I think the Lakers will win without Artest in game three , too. One thing they need to do is drive more and draw some fouls... Getting either Chandler or Nowitzki in foul trouble would allow the Lakers to go on a run. The fact that Chandler doesn't have like 5 fouls in the first two games may indicate that he is playing good defense, but I think it more so indicates that they Lakers are not challenging him enough.
And RonRon, when you get back, stop shooting the ball because those are 8-10 shots a game that are terrible and could be going to the Lakers post players.
Lakers are in more trouble right now. Stop trying to put the blame on Kobe. He's the LAST person you should be putting in on. Simple and plain: the Lakers are just not playing with a sense of urgency. They are not playing the way they should be, which forces Kobe to try and take over the game. Kobe has NO problem taking a back seat. Game 2 of the first round: teammates playing exceptionally well, Kobe takes 10 shots in 34 minutes. If the Lakers play as a UNIT and like they actually want to win, then they will get the win, without Kobe having to knock some sense into them.
needing to take a backseat i'm not even just talking about this series i'm talking about going forward into next year.....the guys in the post aren't gonna get shots if they're not fed the ball....I'm not blaming kobe for that, it's the philosophy the lakers offense.....guard play.....maybe it's time to change the offensive philosophy to focus where most of the lakers talent lies....INSIDE.
The Lakers are definitely in more trouble they just lost 2 games at home and they have to win 4 of the next 5 games to win the series its not gonna happen. Boston gets to go home for the next 2 they win those games their alright and the other 2 series are 1-1. I am so happy dallas is doing their thing cause no one except barkley gave them a chance to win this series or even have a chance to win this series.