I have Lakers winning in 6, this was the game I thought the nuggets could steal. However, I love the reports of them laughing and joking around in the locker room after the game and at practice today. Kinda says they are just happy to be here in the WCF. None of them will admit its a must win tonight either which also tells me they are way overconfident. It most certainly is a must win for Denver tonight. They will NOT beat the Lakers 4 out of 5 games no matter where they are played. I hope they keep up the laid back attitude and the Lakers pounce them and all but end this series tonight
I want Jones to step up. Be more physical against Kobe. Kobe took him in the post everytime and got a great high percentage look. Don't wanna see that happening. Defensive rotations have to be crisp and help D has to come on time. Honestly, if Jones can't really do a good job on Kobe, we should just start Smith. Oh yeah, wanna see Smith run the point for these reasons:
1. It reduces the amount of shots he takes, sure he's great at hitting deep 3s but I don't wanna risk it at this stage of our season.
2. He's a better ball handler than A.C and can dish well.
3. It reduces A.C's minutes.
Rebounding has to be key. Boxout. Get offensive boards and putbacks that result in easy second chance points. That's how LA killed us late in the game.
MAKE THOSE FTS! THOSE DAMN FTs COST US GAME 1.
So did K-Marts fouls...so did Birdman losing the jumpball....so did that stolen entry pass...so did Gasol and the Lakers making stops on dee....so did Kobe straight up.....plenty of thing cost you guys the game.