Monday, November 1, 2010

Lakers trounce Warriors 107-83

We learned two things by watching the Warriors get shellacked by the Lakers last night: 1.) The Warriors offense, especially Monta Ellis, is heavily reliant on Stephen Curry being on the floor 2.) Barring an injury to Pau Gasol or Kobe Bryant, the Lakers should win their third consecutive championship.

People don't want to hear that, but let's be honest with ourselves, the Lakers are a class above the field. Bob and Jim discussed the Lakers roster during the telecast and made the point that the Lakers are even better than a season ago. They have a variety of weapons for a variety of matchups. They will pound you with the triangle, pack the lane with long defenders, and score every time an opponent makes a turnover.

The Lakers dared Warriors not named Ellis to shoot perimeter jumpers and no one could connect. The Lakers compounded the Warriors shooting woes by picking them apart in the half court and earning consistent trips to the foul line.

The Warriors shot 40 percent from the field, but it should have been 30 if not for garbage time play. David Lee gave the Warriors nothing, literally, as he was held scoreless and completely overwhelmed by Lamar Odom. Lee typically excels when he matches up with a bigger, slower player. He was clearly uncomfortable matched up against a dynamic big like Odom who lives out on the perimeter. No reason to get down on Lee. I'm sure he took it personally and I expect him to bounce back with a big game against Memphis on Wednesday.

The Warriors were 6-13 from the free throw line, while the Lakers were 23-30. The Warriors were plus two in the turnover category and there's no shame in getting out rebounded by this group of brutes that is the Lakers, but the free throw disparity is a problem.

I would like to see the Warriors attack the rim more on offense, rather than settle for outside shots and, in turn, crisp up the footwork on defense to avoid unnecessary fouls. I call it like I see it, and honestly, the Warriors are not as bad as they showed Sunday night at Staples. They need Curry to have a chance against any team.

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