Road Map to a Repeat: How the LA Lakers Can Defeat Each Future Opponent

May 8th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers will head to Utah with hopes of gaining a 3-0 lead over the Jazz in their Western Conference Semifinals series, which would effectively eliminate the Jazz. The Lakers' task will not be simple, because the Jazz will draw off of the energy of their home crowd, and the return of forward Andre Kirilenko will surely provide an emotional boost. Los Angeles must also contain Deron Williams and try to prevent him from having the type of game which inspires and motivates the rest of his teammates. Although Williams and his considerable talent stand as an obstacle for the Lakers, they have found a clear formula for defeating Utah, which is centered on the huge size disparity in the paint. The Jazz have found no answer for Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom in the paint, and that will likely doom Utah, but what's next for Los Angeles? I have compiled a slide show of each of the Lakers' potential opponents after Utah, and what Los Angeles must do to defeat them in the course of a seven game series. Although there are theoretically six potential opponents I have eliminated the San Antonio Spurs based on their three-game deficit in their series against the Phoen ...

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