Well they came and they saw, but they still have not yet conquered. That will be saved for the playoffs, which will begin Sunday for our Lakeshow who have shown considerable improvement from the start of the season.
The lakers will throw it down against Denver, a team who does not have a superstar player, but nonetheless will prove why they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. After all, a championship team will defeat a team of champions.
Let us take a closer look at these matchups
Point guards: Ramon Sessions Vs. Ty Lawson
Expect Lawson to have a big series. He's a scorer. He can also pass. Lawson is more built, and probably faster. I would expect him to be able to handle Sessions on the offensive end, but for the lakers, all sessions needs to do is be an average point guard. To win this series, Sessions will need to keep his composure offensively and use his quickness and speed to his advantage. If he does this, it opens up plenty opportunities for the other four guys on the court, as well as himself.
Shooting guards: Kobe Bryant Vs. Aaron Afflalo
lol I'll try to compare here without laughing so much. Aaron, above average scorer, above average defender. Kobe, one of the best scorers in history, one of the best help defenders, above average perimeter defender.
It's clear who will win this matchup. Kobe needs to remember that he can't leave his guys wide open, because Afflalo will take advantage of his minimal opportunities if Kobe dares him.
Otherwise, Lakers have this advantage.
Small forwards: Devin Ebanks Vs. Gallinari
I know what you're thinking. Clearly a Denver advantage. I couldn't disagree. Gallinari does everything. He averages 15 points, he can grab boards, pass well, steal, block. He's a very good small forward with a tremendous upside. You definitely can't ignore this guy. Here's the funny thing, I don't think Ebanks plans on ignoring him.
Ebanks showed how useful he can be when he forced Durant into an 11-34 shooting game last week, a contribution which was crucial to winning that game. Another positive is that Ebanks hadn't played much this season, meaning he will come in with energy, and with excitement that Denver might not be prepared for. Not much video out on the guy lol. The elements of surprise can potentially make this a quick series.
Power forwards: Pau Gasol Vs. Kenneth Faried
Before you pass judgement on Faried, he shoots nearly 60%, and is a very energetic player, averaging around 10/7. So how should Pau play this guy? I would say with Faried averaging 2.5 fouls per game, Gasol needs to get the ball in the post and go at him strong. Faried is always in foul trouble from what I can tell by watching some games in the past. If Gasol can be a solid 15/10 PF this round, we will be just okay so long as the other big next to him is dominating. Speaking of which....
Centers: Andrew Bynum Vs. Kosta Koufos
Its safe to say that when Bynum is healthy, he can look like Hakeem Olojuwan. He's registered plenty of 30 point games this season, grabbed his career high 30 points beating a San Antonio team IN San Antonio, and without Kobe. All indications point towards Bynum finally having his breakout season. So why should Bynum worry about Koufos you might ask? I'll tell you why, Koufos is 7'0" and 265. Probably one of the biggest centers in the league. Bynum cannot underestimate a guy nearly as big as he is, and who shoots 60% from the field. As long as Bynum plays like a superstar as he was throughout post ASB, I don't see why Bynum shouldn't be cruising this series. Lets hope he doesn't get hurt either
Lets go lakers! Playoffs only come once a year, for only 16 teams anyways.