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    I think most Lakers fans were concerned if not outright expect the Lakers to lose tonight. A week off....they were going to return with rust. I expect the Lakers to win in 6....Lebron and AD will have to take it to the Rockets defense and be more aggressive in Game 2.
    I heard talk (not from you) that Denver had no chance against the Clips last night because L.A. was rested and the Nuggets were gassed from a 7 game series. IMO, what we saw in both cases is the winning teams are able to get the matchups they want against the losing teams. I'm sure adjustments can be made and they need to be. I don't think just playing better fixes it in either case.
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    I heard talk (not from you) that Denver had no chance against the Clips last night because L.A. was rested and the Nuggets were gassed from a 7 game series. IMO, what we saw in both cases is the winning teams are able to get the matchups they want against the losing teams. I'm sure adjustments can be made and they need to be. I don't think just playing better fixes it in either case.
    I doubt we see Danny Green and Kuzma getting up as many shots in Game #2 if they do not have it early. It felt similar to the Portland game in that the Lakers (at least Lebron) played much of the 2nd half like he was taking notes. I am confident the Lakers will have a fairly different approach in Game #2 beginning with Lebron and AD being more physical/aggressive on offense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    I doubt we see Danny Green and Kuzma getting up as many shots in Game #2 if they do not have it early. It felt similar to the Portland game in that the Lakers (at least Lebron) played much of the 2nd half like he was taking notes. I am confident the Lakers will have a fairly different approach in Game #2 beginning with Lebron and AD being more physical/aggressive on offense.
    Very different situations. The Lakers had a historically unlucky Game 1 against the Blazers. They clanked their shots at an almost impossible level. That's not what happened tonight. The Rockets straight up beat them. Stretched out the defense, took the Lakers off the dribble, disrupted their offense. Bron and AD generally aren't back-to-the-basket players and Houston's tough to beat off the dribble. It's going to be much more challenging to get their size near the rim against Houston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    I doubt we see Danny Green and Kuzma getting up as many shots in Game #2 if they do not have it early. It felt similar to the Portland game in that the Lakers (at least Lebron) played much of the 2nd half like he was taking notes. I am confident the Lakers will have a fairly different approach in Game #2 beginning with Lebron and AD being more physical/aggressive on offense.
    It was a six-point game going into the fourth quarter. The Lakers, nor LeBron, forfeited the second half; crazy to suggest they were just "taking notes."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillDoran View Post
    It was a six-point game going into the fourth quarter. The Lakers, nor LeBron, forfeited the second half; crazy to suggest they were just "taking notes."
    I think there is a misunderstanding in my reference....I am not claiming they did not try in the 2nd half, but very similar to the Portland Game #1, they really made no in game adjustments.
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    Very different situations. The Lakers had a historically unlucky Game 1 against the Blazers. They clanked their shots at an almost impossible level. That's not what happened tonight. The Rockets straight up beat them. Stretched out the defense, took the Lakers off the dribble, disrupted their offense. Bron and AD generally aren't back-to-the-basket players and Houston's tough to beat off the dribble. It's going to be much more challenging to get their size near the rim against Houston.
    If you feel confident in the Rockets, you should visit a casino or online gaming site and make a large wager. You can probably still get good value for a Houston series win. My money will remain on the Lakers with extreme confidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    If you feel confident in the Rockets, you should visit a casino or online gaming site and make a large wager. You can probably still get good value for a Houston series win. My money will remain on the Lakers with extreme confidence.
    Gambling is childish. What I think, and have thought since Houston moved Capella and immediately slapped the L.A. in the mouth, is the Rockets are a tough matchup for the Lakers. Who's going to guard Harden? Who's keeping Russ away from the rim? How are they going to cover the perimeter? And on offense who's facilitating Bron and AD?

    I don't pretend to know who's going to win this series, but the Lakers are going to be pressed outside their comfort zone in this series. As we saw last night, Houston can get a lot of favorable matchups against them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Gambling is childish. What I think, and have thought since Houston moved Capella and immediately slapped the L.A. in the mouth, is the Rockets are a tough matchup for the Lakers. Who's going to guard Harden? Who's keeping Russ away from the rim? How are they going to cover the perimeter? And on offense who's facilitating Bron and AD?

    I don't pretend to know who's going to win this series, but the Lakers are going to be pressed outside their comfort zone in this series. As we saw last night, Houston can get a lot of favorable matchups against them.
    it is sports, not international relations.....you can be wrong every time, and it really does not matter. Be bold, call your shot....everyone will forget in a week.
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    Denver need Jokic and Murray to be great to have a chance in this series, that's kinda their entire offense. They were pretty good tonight, but Murray has yet to go off the rails. He's gonna need to for the Nuggets to have a chance to win this series. Probably three times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stray View Post
    Denver need Jokic and Murray to be great to have a chance in this series, that's kinda their entire offense. They were pretty good tonight, but Murray has yet to go off the rails. He's gonna need to for the Nuggets to have a chance to win this series. Probably three times.
    Seemed like the key for Denver last night was a bunch of guys showed up. They had six guys score double digits. Maybe their model for success against the Clips is everybody eats.
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    Give the Bucks credit, they lost Giannis but staved off elimination. And give Donte DiVincenzo more minutes.
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    Give the Bucks credit, they lost Giannis but staved off elimination. And give Donte DiVincenzo more minutes.
    have to wonder if they were as happy once they arrived back at the hotel and realize they likely just extended their stay in the bubble....
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    have to be honest, I did not expect Houston to make Game #2 nearly this competitive. I expected the Lakers to hit them hard early as they did, but the Rockets quickly closed the gap and kept it close. Not worried, but a little more concerned than I was yesterday.
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    Tyler Herro being a 20 year old rookie and taking and making big shots down the stretch in the 4th quarter of a playoff game is a thing. Whatever that it is, he's got a lot of it. One thing to make em, it's another thing to be a rookie who wants to take em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Seemed like the key for Denver last night was a bunch of guys showed up. They had six guys score double digits. Maybe their model for success against the Clips is everybody eats.
    Maybe, but I don't think they can depend on winning 3 more games that way. MPJ is their best 3rd option, but still a liability on D so he's getting limited mins. If Denver is gonna make a series of this it's gonna be with Murray and Jokic imo. Their role guys are pretty limited. Especially with Barton out.


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