Lakers may feel Heat in their quest for title

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La Mirada, CA

#1 Aug 11, 2010
Lets go LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 10

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#2 Aug 11, 2010
Lakers will smile to the end of the NBA Finals!!!!!!!!!!
Ocean Views

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#3 Aug 11, 2010
It will probably be the Lakers and Celtics in the finals again. And the Lakers should repeat.

Those that think the Heat will win the east are totally wrong. They forget that the Celtics are basically the same team that was the NBA champ three years ago and also took the Lakers all the way to game seven in the finals this year before finally losing. The Celtics are still the best team in the east.
Pistons Eat Poop

Greencastle, IN

#4 Aug 22, 2010
Mark my words
IF THE LAKERS PLAY THE HEAT IN THE NBA FINALS THEY WILL NOT FELL THE HEAT, THEY WILL GET BURNED OFF THE COURT AND PHIL JACKSON WILL BE SENT INTO RETIREMENT ON THE BAD NOTE HE DESERVES AND MARK MY WORD LAKERS FAN AFTER THIS SEASON KOBE WILL NEVER EVER SEE THE DAYLIGHT OF ANOTHER NBA FINALS!!!!!!!!!!
Pistons Eat Poop

Greencastle, IN

#5 Aug 22, 2010
Ocean Views wrote:
It will probably be the Lakers and Celtics in the finals again. And the Lakers should repeat.
Those that think the Heat will win the east are totally wrong. They forget that the Celtics are basically the same team that was the NBA champ three years ago and also took the Lakers all the way to game seven in the finals this year before finally losing. The Celtics are still the best team in the east.
Oh I dunno about that the Magic look good too.
Pistons Eat Poop

Greencastle, IN

#6 Aug 22, 2010
Raben wrote:
Lakers will smile to the end of the NBA Finals!!!!!!!!!!
Not if they play the heat. But lets just face the facts here the Lakers are much much more likely to go to the NBA finals then then the Heat, the Heat are going to have their hands full with the Celtics and or Magic in the NBA playoffs but If the Heat do go to the finals they will kill the Lakers and send Phil Jackson out on the bad note he deserves.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#7 Aug 24, 2010
If the Portland Trailblazers do not step up and challenge the Lakers for the Western Conference Championship, it the Lakers against the EAST.

Chicago got better.
Boston MAY have gotten better.
Orlando is at least just as good as last year.
Miami is potentially off the charts!

Everybody gives the Lakers props as the defending champs, but outside of obtaining Matt Barnes, they stood pat over the Summer. They did not get any younger, Lammar Odom is playing for Team USA over the Summer, meaning that he wills probably break down earlier next season, and let's face it, the Lakers are not the youngest team in the league.

Still, I will play along and say that the Champs are the team to beat before the season starts. I'm just wondering how long it's going to take into the season before my mind changes.

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#8 Aug 24, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
If the Portland Trailblazers do not step up and challenge the Lakers for the Western Conference Championship, it the Lakers against the EAST.
Chicago got better.
Boston MAY have gotten better.
Orlando is at least just as good as last year.
Miami is potentially off the charts!
Everybody gives the Lakers props as the defending champs, but outside of obtaining Matt Barnes, they stood pat over the Summer. They did not get any younger, Lammar Odom is playing for Team USA over the Summer, meaning that he wills probably break down earlier next season, and let's face it, the Lakers are not the youngest team in the league.
Still, I will play along and say that the Champs are the team to beat before the season starts. I'm just wondering how long it's going to take into the season before my mind changes.
I agree with everything you said, but I would add that the Lakers' experience in Championship games
gives them an edge. Miami will still have to go through Boston and barring injuries, they might be able to do it.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#11 Aug 25, 2010
Bewitched wrote:
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I agree with everything you said, but I would add that the Lakers' experience in Championship games
gives them an edge. Miami will still have to go through Boston and barring injuries, they might be able to do it.
I agree. The point is that they have to GET to The Finals. Portland, if they can get thru the season with no major injuries (and that does not include Oden) could present the Lakers a battle if the Lakers break down as much as I suspect. They've got to cut down on Kobe's minutes to insure his otimum for the playoffs. He can no longer lead them in minutes played. That is why their lack of scoring on the perimeter in a backup role is troubling.

Teams took to attacking Kobe last year. ESPECIALLY during the early rounds of the playoffs. His minutes were cut during playoff play, making some games surprisingly close.

Phil Jackson (after the Bulls record-breaking win 72-game season) decided the next year to actually sacrefice wins for his team being fresher for the playoffs. The strategy worked. Reduced minutes for all the Bulls starters was made up with fresher legs during increased minutes during the playoff run. It also provided them a more effective bench. In Jackson's last year, he may have to employ the same strategy. I would suggest it because outside of Portland, I really so nobody challenging them for best record in the West.
jls714

United States

#13 Aug 25, 2010
if Dwade keeps his fro like this then maybe they'll have a chance!

http://bit.ly/dwadegsp

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#15 Aug 25, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
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I agree. The point is that they have to GET to The Finals. Portland, if they can get thru the season with no major injuries (and that does not include Oden) could present the Lakers a battle if the Lakers break down as much as I suspect. They've got to cut down on Kobe's minutes to insure his otimum for the playoffs. He can no longer lead them in minutes played. That is why their lack of scoring on the perimeter in a backup role is troubling.
Teams took to attacking Kobe last year. ESPECIALLY during the early rounds of the playoffs. His minutes were cut during playoff play, making some games surprisingly close.
Phil Jackson (after the Bulls record-breaking win 72-game season) decided the next year to actually sacrefice wins for his team being fresher for the playoffs. The strategy worked. Reduced minutes for all the Bulls starters was made up with fresher legs during increased minutes during the playoff run. It also provided them a more effective bench. In Jackson's last year, he may have to employ the same strategy. I would suggest it because outside of Portland, I really so nobody challenging them for best record in the West.
Blazers seem to give the Lakers problems anyway. I think we should be keeping an eye on OKC. Maybe not this year, but the more post season play they acquire, the stronger they are going to become. A team on the rise.....

I would think once a team has clinched home court throughout the playoffs, they should begin their 'resting.' How early have the Lakers and Bulls begun with their resting strategy? lol The teams that are fighting for the 8th seeds have to play their a$$es off right up to the end.
So Whats New

Alhambra, CA

#16 Aug 25, 2010
hi.
No worries here

United States

#17 Aug 25, 2010
Read my lips people... "The Lakers Baring injuries, will three-peat this year!"

The heat has 3 players, big deal... The lakers are deeper much deeper and have all the experience on their side when it comes to winning titles.

Lebron is a great player as is wade. Bosh isn;t quite at great status, but is a yearly all-star.
After that the heat have nothing!

The up grades the Lakers have made this year, will be able to go 10 deep.

The Heat will have trouble just getting by the Celtics, watch and see.

Don't buy the hype people... The heat will start 2 great players, 1 all-star, and 2 scrubs, with a bench full of scrubs.

The lakers can go 10 deep...

You do the math people!
So Whats New

Alhambra, CA

#18 Aug 25, 2010
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Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#19 Aug 25, 2010
No worries here wrote:
Read my lips people... "The Lakers Baring injuries, will three-peat this year!"
The heat has 3 players, big deal... The lakers are deeper much deeper and have all the experience on their side when it comes to winning titles.
Lebron is a great player as is wade. Bosh isn;t quite at great status, but is a yearly all-star.
After that the heat have nothing!
The up grades the Lakers have made this year, will be able to go 10 deep.
The Heat will have trouble just getting by the Celtics, watch and see.
Don't buy the hype people... The heat will start 2 great players, 1 all-star, and 2 scrubs, with a bench full of scrubs.
The lakers can go 10 deep...
You do the math people!
Yeah, the Lakers are deep, no doubt about it.
Sammy

Ancaster, Canada

#21 Aug 25, 2010
Bewitched wrote:
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Yeah, the Lakers are deep, no doubt about it.
Witch whats up girl?

Since: Apr 07

United States

#22 Aug 26, 2010
No worries here wrote:
Read my lips people... "The Lakers Baring injuries, will three-peat this year!"
Barring injury is a VERY LARGE STATEMENT when the LA Lakers are one of the oldest teams in the West.

A three-peat? Naah... I don't see it. Bewitched is VERY right. If OKC continues the level of improvement that we've seen over the last season and a half, they could win the West with the best record in conference. A weak West will allow them to coast more than the Lakers. When you are the King, everybody gets up to play you. Everybody goes hard night after night to knock you off. Let's understand that OKC is a much younger team, with a home crowd second to none. They also had a very impressive record away from home with a diluted Western schedule.

The Heat, Magic and Celtics will feast on Western opposition and basically beat themselves up head to head. That is why I don't buy Van Gundy's assertion that the Heat can win 70+ games, not when twelve of those games are against Boston and Orlando and Chicago.

Back to the West...

Count out Phoenix. Losing Amare is a little too much to overcome, but if Yao is back and can stay healthy, Houston is a factor. Utah will find an answer for Boozer's departure because they are the best small market franchise for finding talent and getting it to play within Sloan's system. That is why I think he is the best coach to never win an NBA title. Again, though I think Porland is the key to the West, and maybe the key roadblock to another LA three-peat.

If Jackson can engineer a title in his final year, it will truely be his finest coaching coup ever!

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#23 Aug 26, 2010
Sammy wrote:
<quoted text>Witch whats up girl?
Hey Sammy! Just took a little break. All the negativity on these forums gets to me sometimes. Everything ok with you this summer?

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#24 Aug 26, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
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Barring injury is a VERY LARGE STATEMENT when the LA Lakers are one of the oldest teams in the West.
A three-peat? Naah... I don't see it. Bewitched is VERY right. If OKC continues the level of improvement that we've seen over the last season and a half, they could win the West with the best record in conference. A weak West will allow them to coast more than the Lakers. When you are the King, everybody gets up to play you. Everybody goes hard night after night to knock you off. Let's understand that OKC is a much younger team, with a home crowd second to none. They also had a very impressive record away from home with a diluted Western schedule.
The Heat, Magic and Celtics will feast on Western opposition and basically beat themselves up head to head. That is why I don't buy Van Gundy's assertion that the Heat can win 70+ games, not when twelve of those games are against Boston and Orlando and Chicago.
Back to the West...
Count out Phoenix. Losing Amare is a little too much to overcome, but if Yao is back and can stay healthy, Houston is a factor. Utah will find an answer for Boozer's departure because they are the best small market franchise for finding talent and getting it to play within Sloan's system. That is why I think he is the best coach to never win an NBA title. Again, though I think Porland is the key to the West, and maybe the key roadblock to another LA three-peat.
If Jackson can engineer a title in his final year, it will truely be his finest coaching coup ever!
I first thought the continent tilted to the East when the new Big 3 was formed. However, we just don't KNOW that yet. Anything can happen in that scenario. I feel Miami has a legitimate shot, if not this year, next year even better. They aren't as deep as they need to be IMO. But let me ask you about a couple of East teams......... What did Orlando do to better their selves? And what do you think about Chicago: starting 5 Deng, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Johnson and the addition of Boozer sounds pretty strong to me. Your input?

Since: Apr 07

United States

#25 Aug 26, 2010
Bewitched wrote:
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I first thought the continent tilted to the East when the new Big 3 was formed. However, we just don't KNOW that yet. Anything can happen in that scenario. I feel Miami has a legitimate shot, if not this year, next year even better. They aren't as deep as they need to be IMO. But let me ask you about a couple of East teams......... What did Orlando do to better their selves? And what do you think about Chicago: starting 5 Deng, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Johnson and the addition of Boozer sounds pretty strong to me. Your input?
The beauty of Orlando lay in their ability to become more versitile. I think what you will see in the Magic is the move to more conventional offensive sets, employing Brandon Bass at power forward. That's why they did not fight to keep Matt Barnes, who was a defacto 4 within their regular offensive system. They drafted a center but I doubt if he will even make the team. After all we did see Gortat get more minutes, and even play with Howard in some minutes. I really think that Vince Carter will see reduced minutes, and will not be called upon to provide double digit scoring on a nightly basis. Not if he's going to shoot the same percentage as last year. Last year the Magic was the NBA deepest roster, problem is they thought they were going to get more from Carter in crunch time. They won't make the same mistake this season. Also, don't be surprised if they get Iverson. If he can accept being a spark off the bench, he could be exactly what the Magic need, and they can get him on the cheap!

Chicago is INTERESTING to say the least.

I don't see how you can keep Boozer out of the starting lineup. Their starting five no matter what the case will be one of the most solid in the league. AND THEY'RE YOUNG! Their new coach is one of the best defensive coaches in the league, and this is a team that will thrive off of defensive transition with the ability of their bigs to run the floor! I love the fact that Rose is as unstopable in the paint as a penetrator as Iverson was. This is a more disruptive thing when you have the talent around him that the Bulls do. You cannot sluff off and double him, because he is also a willing passer, will guys like Ding able to knock down open looks.

Give Rose two years and he may give Chicago the world!

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