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A face only the entire basketball universe could love. (note also special cameo appearance from my hand)
I am slowly working my way through the last couple of Lakers games and digging into the numbers. I will have more on that later in the week. Probably with charts and maybe even a graphs. Joy!
I will say this, though: I am getting more confident and not less as I get more into the research. I am not the slightest bit impressed with the Lakers sweep over the Jazz.
Utah was playing with basically Deron Williams -- who's hurt and will reportedly need surgery on his shooting arm -- Carlos Boozer, and Paul Milsap -- who are essentially the same guy: undersized power forwards who have skill but can't match the Lakers size. CJ Miles and Wes Matthews are good bench role players forced into big minutes, Kyle Korver who can shoot but not defend, and they had to rely on 18 minutes per game from Kyrylo Fresenko, which would be like playing Jarron Collins 18 minutes per game but a little bigger, a lot goofier and a ton more wet behind the ears.
I wasn't all that impressed with the Jazz when they were healthy, without Okur and half a series from Kirilenko that was train wreck waiting to happen.
And yet the Jazz still scored 102 points per game and got a lot of open looks for guys that just can't be counted on to make big shots in the playoffs. The Suns are a MUCH better team than the Jazz right now. The Lakers fans really should be embarrassed that they almost lost two games and they never were able to get separation. That series should have been as big of a blowout as the Magic over the Hawks, except the Hawks would have beaten the Jazz, too.
One myth I think we can bust this week is that the Lakers play good pick and roll defense. Stay tuned for more on that.