|Posted by GreenBanner18 on May 24, 2010 at 12:04 AM|
1. They are a mirror image of the Orlando Magic in the way that they have faced 2 inferior competitors prior to playing the Celtics. We know the Jazz don't play defense, but the Suns... lets just say the Suns wouldn't make any kind of appearance in the NBA commercial "It's all about the defense". We saw what happened when the Magic strolled into the ECF with everyone praising how great they were after playing the Bobcats and the (roll over and play dead) Atlanta Hawks. Orlando thought it would be just that easy. Although the Lakers hopefully understand it won't be just that easy, it doesn't take away from the fact that they have not played a defensive team in the playoffs. It will be a huge shock to them once they have to struggle each and every possession to get off a decent (but not great) shot attempt.
2. The Celtics yet again will not have to worry about the production from the Center position as Perkins will (eh hem) BATTLE against a beat up and soft Andrew Bynum. Bynum is looking like a Grandmother out on the court right now. He can not produce against the very, very, very subpar Centers that the Jazz and Suns can put out on the floor- so just imagine what will happen when a guy who can shut down Dwight Howard goes up against him. This "Lakers size" does not pose as big of a threat to the Celtics as it does Utah and Phoenix.
3. Rondo is going nuts and there is no one... I repeat... NO ONE on the Lakers who can match up with his ability. Derek Fisher? Nope. Jordan Farmar? Haha. Shannon Brown? We saw what happened in the regular season when the tried it. Their best bet is to throw Kobe on him and leave him open to getting in foul trouble while the old man Derek Fisher tries to run around screen after screen to keep up with Ray Allen. One way or another- huge advantage Celtics.
There are other reasons, and maybe some I haven't even thought of. Why do you like the match ups?