Originally Posted by magnax1
Good post other then defense wins championships. I haven't seen anything proving that... ever.
I think the Mavs are the best matchups against LA, though not the best team. They have multiple good defensive bigs, and they're mostly pretty tough, and that's what you need more then anything to beat LA. That's why LA has struggled with Portland the last few years.
Sure you have. Unless you just started watching the NBA.
1999 Spurs (#1 defense in NBA)
2000 Lakers (#1 defense in NBA)
2003 Spurs (#3 defense in NBA)
2004 Pistons (#2 defense in NBA)
2005 Spurs (#1 defense in NBA)
2007 Spurs (#2 defense in NBA)
2008 Celtics (#1 defense in NBA)
Even the last two Lakers titles, they were the #6 and #4 defense in the NBA those respective years.
Six of the last 11 titles from from teams with top 3 defenses in the league. 7 of the last 11 were top 4 defense. 8 of them, top 6. 10 of 11 top 10 defenses. The only team that wasn't a top 10 defense was the '01 Lakers.