Apparently George Karl has realized that a repeat of the same personnel and strategies from game one would be futile, which means there is still hope to extend this series to five games. It sounds like Linas Kleiza will probably replace Anthony Carter in the starting lineup to help alleviate at least one self inflicted mismatch, Carter on Radmanovic, from Sunday’s blowout.
Although, I think Scott Hastings made an interesting point on the radio yesterday that if the Nuggets start Carter and have him or AI guard Radmanovic, would it not be good for the Nuggets if the Lakers ran their offense through Vlad trying to post up AC or Iverson? He really is not much of a post player and if he has the ball,
Then I went back and checked the tape. Walton checked in for Radmanovic after the first couple of minutes and it was Walton posting up AI, with his ability to pass that really hurt the Nuggets.
Even with Carter out of the starting lineup that still leaves some decisions to make as far as who guards
What I would prefer would be to have Martin guard Gasol to rough him up with Camby covering Odom. Camby hates leaving the paint, at least on defense, but if he could prevent Odom from getting any open looks from 18 feet and in and keep him off the boards that would be a big plus for the Nuggets.
No matter how Kenyon and Marcus match up with Gasol and Odom, we have yet to figure out who will guard
In the Rocky Mountain News article linked to above it sounds like Karl is going to keep Kenyon on Kobe. Probably the best answer would be a mixture of players and schemes to cover Bryant. Have Kenyon, Melo, J.R. and even Kleiza on him from time to time. Throw some zone in there and make sure
If Karl sticks with his strategy of unleashing Kenyon on
The other bit of info that came out of the Nuggets camp yesterday was that Nene practiced and reportedly looked very good. Again, in the same RMN article Nene is quoted as saying he wants to play some five on five before returning. Maybe all of these off days are not such a bad thing after all. 15-20 minutes of Nene would be a big boost to the Nuggets and I hope we see him on the floor soon.
The Nuggets and Lakers are not the only teams playing and I have not provided any thoughts on any of the other seven series going on so let’s shift gears.
I am not one bit surprised that
Since losing in
If you think I am just saying that because
On the flip side, in his quest to visit the second round Tracy McGrady has put up some nice numbers, but has been a nonfactor in both games during the fourth quarter. That is not going to look good on his resume. I thought it was crazy hearing Rockets fans saying they wanted
One of the biggest concerns for Phoenix in my mind is I think Shaq is going to be in foul trouble for much of the series and without him having the ability to guard Duncan aggressively late in games due to foul trouble Duncan should be big down the stretch of these games.
I only was able to see a few minutes of the Dallas/New Orleans game, but this series should be very good as well. I originally thought
In the east I have been very disappointed in
I have not bought into the Pistons this season. I think they are overrated and the opening game loss to the 76ers might be proof of that. Of course,
Andre Miller had a big first game for Philly, but Nuggets fans have seen that before (remember the 30 point explosion in the game one win in
I really have little to add about the other two series. To me the only interesting subplot in the Hawks/Celtics series is how will Al Horford do against that Celtic front line, but that is only because I have him in my fantasy basketball keeper league. After the nice season
As entertaining as these opening games have been, I cannot wait to see what will happen next.