LA Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Positional Preview of the Christmas Day Showdown

December 25th, 2010 by Ethan Norof Leave a reply »
The long-awaited showdown is finally here.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh travel to Los Angeles to take on Kobe Bryant and the two-time defending world champions for the teams' first matchup of the regular season.

After the Heat signed the big three in the offseason, they were seen as the odds-on favorite to take home the title. But wait a minute, what about the Lakers who had just won two straight titles? 

When the Heat got off to just a 9-8 start, many thought they were going to have trouble playing together all year long. Then, the team rattled off 12 straight wins, and they were once again favorites for the title.

On the other side, the Lakers are struggling to find the same dominance that they enjoyed last season. Looking surprisingly mediocre by their standard this season, the Lakers have already lost to lesser teams like the Suns, Pacers, Grizzlies and Bucks.

But at this point, the regular season is just an extended version of the preseason for the Los Angeles squad as they know that a playoff spot is virtually guaranteed barring something drastic.

Despite the shortcomings that each team h ...

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