April 23, 2007

Damn you, Leandro Barbosa!

Leandro Barbosa, leading candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, killed the Lakers in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. My predicted X-factor, Amare Stoudemire, was also a beast in the paint. He scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds.

What went wrong with the Lakers in Game 1? Defense over-all was better, but their collapse was due to poor execution in the fourth quarter, squandering a comfortable lead built from the first half.

Is Kobe tired? I think no, but he struggled with the Suns defense, no doubt.

The key to Game 2 for the Lakers is better contribution from Lama Odom, the Lakers X-Factor and Luke Walton.
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