Originally Posted by 211269
Ummm, yea it does matter...ALOT. If you think the current team is going to get to even the WCF, you are delusional. They BARELY beat a bad Mavs team last night at home. What are the chances they go into NO, SA or even Utah and win a 7 game series? Not good. They NEED Bynum in the lineup to get thru the west and him coming back for the playoffs wont cut it. This team has no time to gel, sucks.
-From those 3 teams you listed, Bynum isn't required against NO(assuming that NO doesn't set franchise records in those games-I.E. Peja with 11-12 3pts or Paul with 20+ assists like that one time they beat us, etc). If NO is having a normal game, we can take them down without Bynum.
-Utah we could use Bynum but we still play pretty good against them usually so as long as we got healthy Gasol, I think we would be fine. Kobe usually plays pretty good against Utah also.
-SA is a problem - we NEED bynum or I don't see us beating them. Hopefully we don't meet them in playoffs until much later or some other team takes them down.
P.S. We always had trouble against Mavs. Always. It is just one of those teams that we have trouble beating. Kobe usually plays really good against Mavs but the rest of the team rarely did. Just look at Celtics/Wizards. Celtics have a VERY hard time against Wizards and Wizards aren't even a top 4 team in the east.