Originally Posted by Yao Ming's Foot
Why wouldn't the Lakers do it? The would have done in 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 and today. The gap between the two on offense is negligible and their differences on defense are vast. Pau Gasol is a great #2 guy. Kevin Garnett was the identity of that team. Their playoff run was fueled by elite level defense http://www.basketball-reference.com/blog/?p=6237
A prime healthy KG doesn't wait to the postseason to turn it on but make no mistake he was still dominant defensively.
Gasol, Fisher and Artest were 17/40 in Game 7. My comment about backcourt support wasn't about the last 30 secs of random games of your choosing but rather the entirety of 2008-2010. If you disagree please feel free to name names.
I already said KG was better then Gasol in 08, 11, 12. But in 09 and 10? There's no way the Lakers take KG over Gasol. In 09 at least just for the simple fact that KG got injured and his age and durability was starting to become a question mark, while Gasol was at the peak of his career, and in 10 because Gasol was just better, while KG was old and on the decline and that clearly showed with KG basically running out of gas at the end while Gasol was arguably his team's best player in that game 7.
Bottom line is Kobe didn't will that team singlehandedly to shit against the Celtics. You're making it seem like he pulled a Jordan 1998 game 6 vs. the Jazz type of performance against them when he clearly didn't. It was much more of a team effort, with some of his teammates arguably doing more at the end of games in some cases. You can say that about Kobe in game 5 of that series if the Lakers had won that game, but they didn't.