I know, I'm gonna get some crap for this prediction, because it's pretty bold, but I think the Denver Nuggets will be in the NBA Finals. I'm not even going to use the "I know it's early, but right now" cop out, they have great chemistry, a #1 option and star, a fantastic starting 5, tough defensive minded players off the bench, an instant offense role player in Smith and an experienced head coach. If they still had Kliza i'd be predicting them to win it all.
That's not such a bold predicition because they were very close to making it to the NBA Finals last season. I still just think the Lakers are better. The Lakers have the bigger and more talented front court. Losing Kleiza made their front court even smaller (He was 6' 8" 245 lbs, plus he was tough). A lot of people are saying the Lakers are off to a tough start, but they're not thinking about Pau Gasol being out.
I like Afflalo, but he's not the defender that Dahntay Jones is. He brings more offense than Jones, but he isn't nasty like Jones. Neither is Graham. Who's going to defend Kobe?
I also think that Artest will slow Melo down some. He won't be able to bang Artest in the post like he did Ariza and Kobe last season. I THINK Melo only averaged around 15 versus Houston last season with Artest defending him.
Yea... I just checked it. Melo only averaged 15 points per game versus Houston in three games last season.
actually i cant even say that affalo is better offensively anymore..has anyone seen how d.jones has been doing out there in pacer land???...im a laker fan so maybe im a lil biased but i cant see denver beating the lakers and last years series wasnt as close as some people try to make it out to be..when the lakers started player there best we saw how far apart the teams really are..when they werent playing there best it was closer but the lakers were still better...i judge teams being close by how both woul ddo when they are both playing at there best...thats why i think boston and the spurs are the biggest challenge for the lakers then any other team including orlando...i mean orlando is good but the position match ups epecially with gasol and kobe and odom is a big deciding factor
They did not really improve in the offseason, losing Kleiza and Jones, who played good defense and is shooting better this year. The Lakers will probably beat them. I think the Lakers will make the finals. The Spurs are their main opponent, but the Spurs defense has been worse in recent years, and last year they sometimes relied on jump shooting too much if the opponent had a physical big who could push Duncan off his spot.
That's the thing with the Lakers Q... They don't always play their best, which is the problem. It's what allowed Houston to take them to seven games. If Yao didn't get injured, Houston would've had a GREAT chance to send the Lakers home. The Lakers think they can turn it on and off when they want to Q... That's a huge problem.
Like I said... I think the Lakers are the better team because of their front court, but I still think Denver is the hungrier squad and will play them tough.
The Nuggets (my team of course) didn't improve much because we like to pull of trades early in the season. Now, if we can tug Stephen Jackson away from Golden State than I'll be more comfortable in our chances of beating L.A. We can't beat them right now because we're too small. We need another big man more than anything. Nene is good. But while Kenyon Martin is a defensive stopper, he's only 6'7 3/4. He can take on guards, small forwards and players his size, but bigger power forwards i.e. Tim Duncan, Garnett, Wallace, Gasol, he can't. Birdman is good, but really thin.
Also, I can already tell that Afallo doesn't have it and neither does Graham, which is why we need Jackson from Golden State. He's tough and can guard other wings, etc. Jones wasn't a good defender last year, though he was adequate. And the team won't miss Klieza as much, but anytime your seventh man score 40 points (three times in two seasons) it's not good.
Dhamp2...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
not a bold prediction they almost made it last season..they didn't make any changes only added rookie lawson...they're be in Big trouble if Melo gets hurt..They don't have as much talent off the bench as the lakers or spurs...
thats why im glad artest is on the team because i know we will get 100percent from him. i think if we had any other superstar but kobe then id really be worried about how they go up and down with there play..thats the only reason that i dont worry..and i noticed denver seems to go off script when things dont go as planned even though they are hungry which is one reason im not too worried..the spurs on the other hand never beat them selfs as well as boston so those are the 2 teams i worry about l.a losing too when they decided to sleep walk through games
I think that's a good prediction, and it could very well come true. But to make the prediction more realistic, they need a big man who rebounds and defends the post better than what they currently have. And JR Smith will help when he returns, but Afflalo ( I've NEVER liked his game, even when he was in college) and Graham simply put are 11th or 12th men in the NBA. Jackson would be a good fit for them, especially if he's on to defending. He's a menace when locked in defensively.
i forgot about there 2 guard postion..although kobe cant be stopped jones did a pretty decent job on him losing him is gonna hurt.and although artest isnt as good offensivly as melo his hustle and strength will take its tow especially since melo is a very physcial player
The Nuggets defenitely played the lakers tougher then anyone else in the playoffs last year. They should not have allowed that series to be 2-2 after 4 games, the Lakers were lucky. But like Q said, when the lakers realized their season was on the line, they simply showed who the better team was in games 5 & 6. Those 2 games were the best the Lakers played all the playoffs.
The biggest problem the Nuggets are gona have against the Lakers is size. Nene and Kmart are both out matched agianst Gasol and Bynum. And Odom is defenitely a better 3rd big then Birdman. That size and length advantage is what gives them the edge eery time unless all the perimiter players just go off for the Nuggs.
lol..the lakers were lucky....the nuggest were the luck ones..thats one thing about nba ..you dont win by luck when you are playing best out of 7...the better team wins...just liek i hate to admit but the better team beat us when we played boston and we were lucky to get the wins that we did get
yeah thats what i keep readin gon the sites plus i agree the size thing hurts the nuggest...and if bynum was fulyl healthy(not making a excuse) like he is now ..then it would have been even uglier..i actualyl think the nuggest would have had a better chance this year if we kept ariza..but with artest being even more physical and stronger then anthony while also being able to move his feet and apply pressure on the offense of end, all that will take its toll on him..even more so because anythony liek to play physically
quincey, i didn't say the lakers were lucky to win the series, i said they were lucky to be tied at 2-2. The lakers picked it up afterward and showed who the better team was when it was crunch time in that series. And yeah, whenever i think about guys like Pierce, lebron, carmelo, and Carter I'm happy the lakers signed ron. He will help so much against htose guys.
oh ok..my bad.....yeah im glad they signed him...some people are looking at how ariza is scoring for the rockets but dont realize the lakers dont need him to score points..they have enough people who can do that and ariza can play defense but hes limited because of his lack of size and strength against paul and melo