NBA Finals Preview: Clash of the Titans

June 2nd, 2010 by David Glazer Leave a reply »
Tomorrow night starts the latest version of the NBA's best rivalry: the Lakers against the Celtics.

Rarely in the last 15 years has the NBA had its true marquee teams face each other in the finals. Both teams appear evenly matched. As basketball is often determined by how teams exploit mismatches, let's explore how the teams attack might attack each other.

The Lakers on offense run the triangle offense most of the time.  It is a simple concept of continuous movement to create open shots.  However, it requires smart players who pass well. These Lakers excel at it.

What the triangle offense does best is allow its best players the chance to shoot against single teams.  So, let's discuss how the Celtics defend it.

First, the Celtics are the team most ideally suited to defend against the Lakers. Kendrick Perkins is a physical center who can keep Andrew Bynum out of the paint. Kevin Garnett has the size and skill to match up with Pau Gasol anywhere on the court.

Rajon Rondo might be the best defensive point guard in the NBA and he gets to harass Derek Fisher and play the passing lanes.

However, the re ...

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