Monday, April 18, 2011
2011 NBA Playoffs, NO over LA
The Lakers can't stop fast guards. This vital flaw was exposed once again in their first playoff game. CP3 and Jarrett Jack, the ACC backcourt terrors of this postseason combined to go 16-24 from the field, 2-4 from range, 14-19 (!) from the line, 11 rebounds, 19 assists to 2 turnovers, and 4 steals. They had more combined assists than the entire Laker team. Derek Fisher is no answer for them, and Steve Blake was inactive (!?). The Blake omission is especially mind-boggling when you have Kobe, Shannon, and Barnes essentially playing the same position, with none of them being able to guard ones. Why do they have three shooting guards when their competition is Belinelli and Willie Green? Between Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes, someone has to go. And with Shannon's unpredictable psyche, it should be him.