Saturday, May 31, 2008

Lakers v Celtics: Scouting the series

We're finally down to the last two teams:  BOS and LA.  I view this series as a 3-on-3 game.  KG, Pierce, and Ray Allen versus Kobe, Pau, and Odom.   Edge:  Celtics.

Who wins point guard game?  D. Fisher's experience will win out vs Rondo's quickness and athleticism.  Edge:  Lakers.

Role players:  Walton, Vujacic, Farmar, Turiaf, and Radmanovic will out-play Posey, House, PJ Brown, Cassell, Perkins, Davis, and Powe.  Edge:  Lakers.

Coaching:  Phil Jackson's experience in the NBA Finals is the key here.  Both Phil and Doc are good motivators and communicators.  LA's offensive scheme (Triangle) is better than Boston's offensive scheme. 

But, I think Boston's defensive scheme is better than LA's.  The Lakers have struggled against the pick-and-roll defensive scheme in the past.

Despite Boston's home court advantage, I like the Lakers in seven games.