NBA Playoffs 2nd Round Preview: Part II

Western Conference Semi-Finals

(1) LOS ANGELES LAKERS (H)

(4) UTAH JAZZ

By the Numbers

QIR – #10 (30)
Points Differential Rank – #3
Points Allowed Rank – #19
Rebounding Differential Rank – #8

QIR – #4 (21)
Points Differential Rank – #4
Points Allowed Rank – #13
Rebounding Differential Rank – #4
 

Basketball Acumen

Best in the West right now. Rebounding, Team D & Offense all top notch. Will miss Bynum inside vs Boozer. Key Match-up: Fisher & Farmar vs Williams & Price. Must hold D-Will in check. Two outstanding coaches but Phil Jackson has always had Jerry Sloan’s number. Kobe on a Mission.

Deep, physical & versatile. Good enough to win the series. Will need Okur, D-Will & Korver to knock down perimeter shots. Key Match-up: Kirilenko vs Bryant. Millsap must play big to offset the Lakers fire-power off the bench. Sloan must find a new dimension to get by the ZenMaster.

Who will win

Los Angeles in 7. 

 

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  3. matt Says:

    And now for the JaaJoe.com foolish predictions for the second round of the 07/08 NBA Play Offs.
    1.Jazz/Lakers. I think that Jerry Sloan is a slightly superior coach, but his slight superiority is due to the fact that, even though Phil Jackson is old enough to know better, at times he still falls into the trap of believing that he is more important than his players. In addition, I think that Utah is more mentally determined, and will take this series in seven games.
    2. Magic/Pistons. Flip Saunders is a worthless coach. Stan Van Gundy is the hardest working coach in the NBA. Based solely on the coaching inequity, I pick the Magic to win in six.
    3.Celtics/Cavaliers. Mike Brown is a better coach than Doc Rivers, but LeBron is still a distraction. Celtics in six.
    4. Spurs/Hornets. Spurs in six.

  4. FLUXLAND Says:

    Kha-man!

    I don’t know what it is.. I see sweeps all around me. I know the Sternbot will not allow this because he needs money.. but the Spurs look old and worn out.. especially after that 1st round.. and so do the Jazz.

    Cavs/Celtics..will be a long one.. LeBron cannot be stopped when he decides to turn it on.

    The Magic look like crap right now.. your prediction is looking good.

  5. khandor Says:

    matt,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Two unique prespectives on the Lakers/Jazz & Pistons/Magic match-ups. 🙂

  6. khandor Says:

    FLUX,

    Expect the Spurs to play better this evening. Good teams usully do the 2nd game on the road in a playoff series. Manu’s ankle injury might turn out to be the key component of this match-up. If he continues to struggle the Spurs are toast. Raptors’ fans who put down MoPete don’t have a clue what he brought most nights in Toronto and the important role he’s playing with the Hornets right now, as a reliable & reserved running mate with Peja. If the Raptors had kept MoPete & not added one of Kapono or Delfino, the Dinos would have gotten by Orlando in the 1st Round this year. Bit players have key roles to play with solid playoff teams (of which the Hornets are one).

    Utah is going to lose on the road & win at home. It’s that simple … as long as Vujacic & Co. keep producing off the bench for the LakeShow.V.2008. Without a prime-scorer to bail them out at crunch time when their precision O dries up the Jazz are always going to be a limited ceiling team.

    Boston, Detroit, LA & San Antonio (in nor particular order) still look like the cream of the crop to me.

  7. FLUXLAND Says:

    I could not agree more on the MoPete comment! How many nights I sat here and asked “where are you now MoPete?” I cannot count them!

    I see Utah winning one game.. maybe. The Zen master is in Sloans head ala Revolver style.

    Maye my hate for SA/Manu and Detroit blinds my sometime rational thinking.

  8. khandor Says:

    FLUX,

    Negative emotions, like hate, are almost always a bad thing. 🙂

    This year’s versions of the Spurs and Pistons are absolutely terrific teams, if they are healthy.

    When San Antonio has come up short at different times during their extended run of excellence these past few years it’s more-or-less been connected with some type of injury to one of Duncan, Ginobili or Parker … all three of whom were out of action at different stages this season. With so many high calibre teams still in the hunt right now, any type of debilitating injury to a key player will be curtains for that team.

    If they can either (i) get tonight’s game in New Orleans or, failing that, (ii) just hold serve at home – contrary to the impressions of the other pundits I’ve seen – the longer this series goes, the better I think San Antonio is going to play and the more the Hornets key men (i.e. David West & CP3) are going to begin to wear down physically.

    IMO, of the 8 teams still alive right now, only Orlando is playing for the experience of going further than they did last year … with the other 7 all thinking in their own minds that they are capable of going the distance this year.

    The next month is going to be a lot of fun.

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