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Oh, Henry … Yes! There is

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Deron Williams and the Jazz know what they’re doing

“With Chris Paul sidelined, is any point guard playing better than Deron Williams?”

There are a few things I try not to do. Among them:

  • I try not to wake up my wife and kids when they’re sleeping.
  • I try not to call people who have little children late at night.
  • Realizing I’m a journalist, not a coach, I try not to make statements that rely strictly on my own cobbled-together basketball judgment.
  • I try not to curse.

Last night I came this close to breaking all those rules …

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Given the already stated preference of this corner, when forced to choose between CP3 and D-Will …

It’s the Age of the Point Guard, in today’s NBA [Dec 18 2009]

it is now a simple fact that the age-old …

QUESTION of …

Who is the best Point Guard in the NBA today?

… needs to be asked and, then, answered, in a different way than it’s ever been asked before … 

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Opponent

Score

GS

Min

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

Off

Def

Tot

 

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

MEM

W 105-89

1

37:07

 

7

14

50.0

 

1

4

25.0

 

7

7

100.0

 

1

5

6

 

15

4

1

1

2

22

Opponent

Score

GS

Min

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

Off

Def

Tot

 

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

LAC

W 114-89

1

39:55

 

10

20

50.0

 

5

6

83.3

 

7

8

87.5

 

1

2

3

 

11

1

1

0

1

32

@ IND

W 94-73

1

35:39

 

6

18

33.3

 

0

4

0.0

 

10

17

58.8

 

0

9

9

 

13

5

2

4

2

22

MIN

W 109-95

1

30:33

 

3

8

37.5

 

1

3

33.3

 

5

6

83.3

 

0

6

6

 

11

3

1

1

1

12

@ MIA

W 92-91

1

38:31

 

9

23

39.1

 

2

9

22.2

 

12

17

70.6

 

0

9

9

 

4

4

1

0

3

32

OKC

W 100-99

1

42:38

 

9

19

47.4

 

6

10

60.0

 

13

19

68.4

 

0

9

9

 

12

6

1

1

2

37

LAL

W 93-87

1

40:24

 

13

25

52.0

 

1

9

11.1

 

10

13

76.9

 

0

5

5

 

9

4

2

1

3

37

TOR

W 108-100

1

41:01

 

8

18

44.4

 

0

7

0.0

 

12

14

85.7

 

0

9

9

 

11

3

3

3

1

28

@ LAC

W 102-101

1

38:54

 

12

20

60.0

 

3

6

50.0

 

5

7

71.4

 

2

2

4

 

4

5

2

1

3

32

@ UTH

L 96-97

1

40:25

 

12

20

60.0

 

4

6

66.7

 

8

12

66.7

 

1

8

9

 

6

5

5

1

1

36

@ GSW

W 117-114

1

41:37

 

12

23

52.2

 

1

4

25.0

 

12

14

85.7

 

1

7

8

 

11

2

2

4

1

37

considering THE WAY a certain member of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been conducting his on-court business since approximately Jan 11 2010.

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Who is the best Point Guard in the NBA today?

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THE CORRECT ANSWER is … LeBron James.

[... which is something this corner has been advocating for at least the last 2+ years quite some time ... i.e. Best Point Guards in the NBA: An Update, Jan 30 2008]

 

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PS. In sharp contrast to other NBA experts/analysts/fans/etc. … there is a good reason why many of the statements and observations which appear on this blog do, in fact, rely mostly on “cobbled-together basketball judgment” rather than elaborate prose and/or the use of unnecessarily complicated new-age statistics. For those of you who took the time to read what Henry Abbott wrote in his introduction, it’s important to always be aware of How the Principle of Opposite functions in The Game of Hoops. :-)

 

It’s the Age of the Point Guard, in today’s NBA

Friday, December 18th, 2009

This corner of the blogosphere has been saying for at least the last 2+ years that Deron Williams is, in fact, a better PG than the Annointed One, Chris Paul …  

However, despite the affection which exists here for the members of the TNT Crew, please let it still be known, to one and all, that there is also a VERY BIG difference between making a comparative statement like that, and subsequently christening D-Will as the No. 1 PG, overall, in the entire NBA today … whilest other top dogs, like:

Chauncey Billups
Steve Nash
Tony Parker, and
Jason Kidd

are still running, at near full-throttle, in the pound, and other still-as-yet wet-behind-the-ears young bucks, like:

Rajon Rondo
Devin Harris
Russell Westbrook
Derrick Rose
Rodney Stuckey
Monta Ellis
Tyreke Evans, and
Brandon Jennings

are just beginning to prowl.

Indeed, in the grand history of the game, you might not be able to identify any other era during which quite THIS many [and potentially even more than just the 14 names listed here] very-good-to-perhaps-great Point Guards roamed the floors of the NBA, all at once, on an every day basis.

Raptors over-matched vs Nuggets

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Toronto Raptors 112
DENVER NUGGETS 130
Tue Nov 17 2009 – Game Scoreboard

With both Hedo Turkoglu [SF, 6-10, 220] and Reggie Evans [PF, 6-8, 245] out of the line-up, the Raptors were “physically” over-matched vs the Nuggets in last night’s game.

ASSESSING INDIVIDUAL MATCH-UPS BASED ON SIZE, STRENGTH, AGILITY AND EXPLOSIVE QUICKNESS

Defensively, from Denver’s perspective

Nene * [6-11, 250, i.e. size and agility] is a terrific check vs Chris Bosh [6-10, 230], anytime that CB4 does not step-off from the block. 

Kenyon Martin * [6-9, 240, i.e. size, strength, agility and explosive quickness] is a terrific check vs Andrea Bargnani [7-0, 250]. Period.

The combination of Nene and K-Mart is a terrific pairing vs CB4 and Bargnani … since: [i] Andrea is a perimeter Center who cannot take Kenyon into the low-post to do damage, and [ii] whenever CB4 steps out to the perimeter it then leaves Toronto with ZERO low-post game.

Chris Andersen * [6-10, 228, i.e. agility and explosive quickness] is a terrific check vs either [a] Amir Johnson * [6-9, 210] or [b] Rasho Nesterovic [7-0, 255.

Arron Afflalo * [6-5, 215, i.e. strength and agility] is a solid check vs DeMar DeRozan * [6-7, 220].

Defensively, from Toronto’s Perspective

Carmelo Anthony * [6-8, 230, i.e. size, strength and agility] is a nightmare for the Raptors. Period.

Chauncey Billups * [6-3, 202, i.e. strength] is a difficult check for the Raptors. Period.

JR [Earl] Smith * [6-6, 220] i.e. expolosive quickness] is a difficult check for the Raptors, when they try to go with Marco Belinelli [6-5, 200, i.e. less strength and less quickness; more offensive skill] instead of Sonny Weems * [6-6, 203, i.e. as much strength and quickness; less offensive skill].

Ty Lawson * [5-11, 195, i.e. quickness] is a difficult check for the Raptors. Period.

Physically, Denver is a superior team to Toronto and simply worn down the Raptors’ best players in the 2nd [36-35/+1], 3rd [33-25/+8] and 4th [33-23/+10] quarters.

There’s no magic answer when these two teams play.

Last night:

Denver generated 105 offensive possessions [with just 3 O-Rebs].
Toronto generated 117 offensive possessions [with 19 O-Rebs].

Denver shot 61.5 [FG%].
Toronto shot 46.2 [FG%].

Denver generated 68 points in the paint.
Toronto generated 34 points in the paint.

Denver scored points at a rate of 1.238 per possession.
Toronto scored points at a rate of 0.957 per possession.

When a team like Toronto [which scores alot of points per game and yields alot of points per game, in return] plays a team like Denver [which scores alot of points per game and yields alot of points per game, in return ... but, also has physically gifted players [*] at several positions] then Toronto is going to end up on the short end of the scoreboard a majority of the time.

When Toronto has faced a Quality Opponent [.500+] this season which has not:

i. Been in the 2nd half of a back-2-back; or,
ii. Made the mistake of playing their 2 hulking centers together vs the combo of Bosh and Bargnani;

the Dinos have performed in the following way:

Game

Opp.

W-L

Result

Rec

PG

PA

PS/Poss.

PA/Poss.

3

vs Orl

8-3

L, 116-125

0-1

103

109

1.126

1.147

6

@ DAL

8-3

L, 101-129

0-2

108

102

0.935

1.265

10

@ PHO

10-2

L, 100-101

0-3

105

105

0.953

0.962

11

@ DEN

8-3

L, 112-130

0-4

105

105

0.957

1.238

Legend:

Opp. – Opponent; W-L – Opponent’s Won-Lost record; Rec – Team’s Won-Lost record; PG – Possessions Generated; PA – Possessions Allowed; PS/Poss. – Points scored per possession; PA/Poss. – Points allowed per possession.
Possession [Poss.] = Field Goal Attempts + Total Turnovers + [FTA * .44] 

In general, teams that surrender more than 1.0 points per possession, vs a specific set of opponents, while scoring fewer than 1.0 points per possession themselves, have too many players who are “physically” inferior to their individual counterparts when matched-up with those teams.

Mark Warkentien, Big Bertha and Mr. Big Shot

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Although the top end of the Western Conference is going to be a beast once again this season, those expecting the Nuggets to, perhaps, take a step backwards or sideways, might need to re-think that position, at least, in light of …

Warkentien: Nuggets not afraid to make future moves
“We’ll see where we’re at,” Warkentien said. “I think one thing, and history’s proven it, if we indeed have slipped and we get to that analysis, I think our group has proven that we’ll take the driver out and give it a big swing.”

In addition to accomplishing the priority of re-signing forward Chris Andersen, the Nuggets made a series of small moves during the summer to maintain the continuity of the team. Some fans were a bit antsy that the Nuggets didn’t bring in a big-name free agent ala San Antonio, which added Richard Jefferson or the Lakers, who added Ron Artest.

But the Nuggets have made big moves in the past. The last two being the Chauncey Billups trade last season, and the Allen Iverson trade two years prior to that. But Warkentien stresses that the Nuggets are not just satisfied right now, but confident with what they’ve done and where they stand in the Western Conference.

“We’re in a good spot,” Warkentien said. “If we get stuck, Big Bertha’s coming out. Big Bertha’s still in the bag. We’ve swung that stick before. Institutionally, we’re not afraid to make a move. We’ll pull the trigger.”

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Denver finally began to get IT last season and with Chauncey Billups’ understanding of what it takes to be a champion in this league, expect them to be right there, beside the Mavericks, Blazers, Jazz and Hornets, in an intense battle for the No. 3 and 4 seeds in the WC playoffs this season.

Related:

Melo embraces leadership role

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 11

Monday, October 5th, 2009

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 11 – at Denver [Tue Nov 17]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

NUGGETS

PG

Calderon

à

PG

Billups

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Afflalo ^

SF

Turkoglu $^

à

SF

Anthony

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Martin

C

Bargnani

à

C

Nene

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

ß

PG

Lawson *

OG

Belinelli ^

=

OG

Smith

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Graham $

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Balkman

C

Nesterovic $

à

C

Andersen

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G

Carter $R

PF

Johnson ^

=

C

Petro $R

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Karl

 

 

 

+1

OUTCOME

+5

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed; $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player.

At Denver last season [Dec 03 2008] is where things turned ugly for the Raptors, when Sam Mitchell was fired following a lopsided loss. This season’s Nuggets should prove to be too much for the Dinos, as well, with several individual match-up advantages. Although not as deep as last season’s team, Denver should still be one of the better squads in the WC this year, if their key players can remain healthy.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 4-7

Small moves for Nuggets make big difference

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Denver jumped over several teams in the Western Conference last season, adding Chauncey Billups to their line-up.

Their challenge this summer was to resign Chris Anderson and then keep the bulk of their team together … thereby, allowing this existing group of players to grow, as a unit … which they have now done for the most part.

i.e. Nuggets re-sign Johan Petro

When you take an Early look at NBA rosters: Western Conference, and:

* Remove the question mark beside Johan Petro’s name, then,
* Remove Linas Kleiza’s name altogether

what you should see is a depth chart which looks like this:

PG: Billups/#2, Carter/#7, Lawson/#11 
OG: Smith/#4, Afflalo/#8, Carter
SF: Anthony/#1, Player #10?
PF: Martin/#5, Balkman/#9, Allen/#13
C: Nene/#3, Anderson/#6, Petro/#12

and still leaves room for one more player to be signed, before the season starts, as a competent back-up for their “superstar” [i.e. Melo], at the SF position.

If Mark Warkentien, Rex Chapman & Co. are able to accomplish this last task, there is now every reason to believe that the Nuggets will remain one of the elite teams in the Western Conference this season.

An Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Lakers match-up will be a terrific NBA Finals series

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Q1. Can the Cavaliers rebound from a 1-2 game deficit to win the EC Finals vs the Magic?

A1. Yes, they can.

Q2. Can the Nuggets claw their way back from a similar deficit to vanquish the Lakers in the WC Finals?

A2. Yes, they can.

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Both teams are capable of orchestrating a comeback to reach the Finals this season, based on the prodigious talents of players like Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony & Chauncey Billups.

However … that specific scenario is now quite unlikely to happen.

How come?

From top to bottom, and when healthy …

The two best teams in the NBA today are the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, and each one is simply too good to be overcome by their respective opponents in their conference finals series, both of which are missing key elements when it comes to actually winning the championship.

What The Cavaliers Are Still Missing

* Their best 5-Man Unit has yet to play any significant time together during their series vs Orlando, i.e. PG/Gibson, OG/Pavlovic, SF/James, PF/Varejao & C/Ilgauskas

* Mike Brown needs to develop a better feel for the game, and increased dexterity, as a Head Coach

* A 2nd Marquee Player at the Guard and/or Forward position with good size

What The Nuggets Are Still Missing

* A team playing a thuggish brand of basketball will not win the NBA Championship … because the rules of the game, rightfully, will not allow it

* More poise under pressure from players not named Chauncey Billups

* At least one more year’s worth of experience which goes beyond the 1st Round of the Playoffs

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Looking back on the 2008-2009 regular season schedule:

December 20, 2008, Lakers at Magic, 103-106
January 16, 2009, Lakers vs Magic, 103-109

it’s most likely that this year’s NBA Finals series will have the makings of an all-time classic … even though the current MVP may well have been eliminated from the competition, by that point.

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On May 19, 2009 the wagering odds to win the 2008-2009 NBA Title were as follows:

Los Angeles Lakers
Yes/+220
No/-250 

Orlando Magic
Yes/+1800
No/-2300

both of which are looking like very solid propositions with each passing day.

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Throughout their rosters, both teams have What it takes to win the NBA Championship this season:

Orlando Magic [59-23]
PDR – 4
PAR – 6
RDR – 9
QR -19
QIR – 5

Rafer Alston, Anthony Johnson, Courtney Lee, Tyronn Lue, JJ Redick, Mickael Pietrus, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Tony Battie, Adonal Foyle, Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat & Stan Van Gundy

Los Angeles Lakers [65-17]
PDR – 2
PAR – 14
RDR – 5
QR – 21
QIR – 6
Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, Kobe Bryant, Sasha Vujacic, Trevor Ariza, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga & Phil Jackson

Legend:
PDR – Points Differential Ranking; PAR – Points Allowed Ranking; RDR – Rebound Differential Ranking; QR – Qaulity Rating; QIR – Quality Index Ranking

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Related:

When Orlando has it going 

Lakers vs Nuggets, Game Two … Observations from the Lakers’ perspective

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

FINAL SCORE: LOS ANGELES 103, Denver 106
Complete Game Info

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Just because Phil Jackson is a Hall of Fame coach does NOT mean that he is without fault when it comes to seeing a game accurately, at all times, as it unfolds.

Just like everyone else, the ZenMaster can make errors in judgment, once-in-a-while, which then come back to haunt his team.

Prime examples from last night’s game:

* Andrew Bynum [+7] should not be playing only 18 minutes, when the Lakers have to face a front line combo of Nene [-9], Kenyon Martin [-7] & Chris Anderson [+12]. When Bynum is paired with Pau Gasol [-5] vs Nene & Martin, Baby Huey should be checking Nene, with Gasol checking Martin, not vice versa. Despite his high skill level, Gasol is not ‘athletic’ enough to provide what the Lakers need at the Center position in this series for major minutes each game; Andrew Bynum is.

* Lamar Odom [0] is one of only two Lakers who SHOULD be checking Carmelo Anthony [+9]. Luke Walton [0] is the other. Neither Kobe Bryant [0] nor Trevor Ariza [-11] should be trying, in vain, to handle this assignment … given the very physical way Melo is playing the game now, at both ends of the floor but, especially, on Offense. Melo is simply too powerful, physically, for either Bryant or Ariza; while Odom, or Walton, is strong enough to hold his ground on the boards vs Anthony.  

* Josh Powell [DNP-CD] is the single best individual match-up the Lakers have vs Kenyon Martin … and, it’s a MAJOR error in judgment that Phil Jackson has chosen not to use JP in this capacity, thus far, in this series.

* Whether Sasha Vujacic [+2] is 0-4 [FGM-FGA] or not, he SHOULD be playing more than only 6 minutes vs this version of the Nuggets … as the Lakers are in serious need of [i] the Energy, [ii] Size at the Guard position, and [iii] the overall Level of Irritation he brings to the table when he’s in the mix for their team in a substantial way.

* George Karl’s decision to use Linas Kleiza [+16] for extended minutes last night was a sound strategic move … especially, in the latter half of the 2nd quarter, when the Lakers lost control of the game … to which Phil Jackson failed to adjust properly, e.g. by using a line-up which resembles this one:

PG – Bryant vs Billups [+2]
OG – Walton vs Anthony
SF – Odom vs Kleiza
PF – Powell vs Martin, and
C – Bynum vs Nene

and puts individual Lakers into defensive/rebounding match-ups that are solid fits for their physical abilities & skill levels.  

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In general:

* The Lakers have significant match-up advantages vs the Nuggets … but, not unless Phil Jackson recognizes the need to use his personnel accordingly.

* Coaches can never win games for their teams; only players can do that. However, poor coaching decisions can MOST DEFINITELY lose games for their teams. Last night’s outcome was Exhibit A for the LA Lakers.

Phil Jackson will need to improve his work, in this regard, if the Lakers are to advance past the Nuggets, in this series.

Day 31: Game by game prognostications for the NBA Playoffs

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Yesterday’s action finished with the following results:

W-L: 1-0
Units: +5.00

which is a step in the right direction, once again. :-)

Overall, after Day 30:

W-L: 26-28
Units: +7.73

Hopefully, things continue to improve today.

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Thu May 21 2009

Game 1 – LAKERS vs Nuggets

The Nuggets had their best shot at actually winning this series outright last game … when the Lakers were ripe for the picking, i.e. playing on short rest.

* Unlike their games vs Dallas & New Orleans, however, when George Karl goes to his bench in this series, the Nuggets are not able to separate themselves from the Lakers on the scoreboard.

* Unlike when playing against his previous counterparts this post-season, Chauncey Billups [PG] has no physical and/or skill-based advantage vs Derek Fisher [or Shannon Brown, for that matter, if Phil Jackson chooses to go in that direction].

PLEASE NOTE: What was particularly intriguing last game was the ZenMaster’s decision to USE KOBE BRYANT AS HIS POINT GUARD VS. MR. BIG SHOT, for a short stretch, when the Nuggets went to their bench brigade but with Chauncey on the floor, at the same time, playing extended minutes. As regularly readers of this space can attest, this is a Top Notch coaching move by Phil Jackson which yours truly highly endorses as a modified and preferred version of The Best 5-Man Unit Which The Lakers Can Put On The Floor [i.e. which includes Kobe Bryant/PG, Andrew Bynum/C,  Lamar Odom/?, Trevor Ariza/?, and any one of Pau Gasol/?, or Sasha Vujacic/?, Luke Walton/?, or Josh Powell/?] which these eyes have been waiting TO SEE, since the regular season began back in October. If/when the Lakers go to THAT specific, IMO, they become one of the All-Time Great Teams in the History of the NBA.

* Unlike when playing against their previous counterparts this post-season, JR Smith & Chris Anderson have no physical or skill-based advantages over the combination of players who the Lakers have coming off their bench, at their respective positions, e.g. Sasha Vujacic, Shannon Brown, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom/Andrew Bynum, or Josh Powell.  

Expect the Lakers to make a few subtle adjustments this evening … e.g. with their Points of Emphasis, not in terms of wholesale changes … and to win going away in the 4th quarter.  

Denver +5.5/-106
LOS ANGELES -5.5/-102
Call: LOS ANGELES [4 units]

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PS. Although it is always disappointing when a selected team actually wins the game in question but, also, fails to get the cover … it is something which simply comes with the territory in this specific business. :-)

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets, Individual Match-ups

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Current Odds To Win the Series
Denver Nuggets +231
LOS ANGELES LAKERS -251

 

2008-2009 NBA

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

INDIVIDUAL MATCH-UPS

 

1/LAL, 65-17

Advantage

2/DEN, 54-28

Fisher

Bryant

Ariza

Bynum

Gasol

Farmar

Vujacic

Walton

Odom

Powell

Brown

Mbenga

-

<-

->

-

<-

-

-

-

<-

-

-

-

Billups

Jones

Anthony

Martin

Nene

Carter

Smith

Kleiza

Anderson

Petro

Hart

Balkman

P Jackson

<-

G Karl

OVERALL:+4

-

OVERALL:+1

Styles of Play

PDR – 2

PAR – 4

RDR – 5

QR – 21

QIR – 6

 

<-

<<-

<<-

 

<<-

Styles of Play

PDR – 8

PAR – 18

RDR – 16

QR – 42

QIR – 13

Legend:

PDR – Points Differential Ranking; PAR – Points Allowed Ranking; RDR – Rebounding Differential Ranking; QR – Quality Rating; QIR – Quality Index Ranking

Although Denver has played very well to this point in the Playoffs, they do not enjoy a host of different match-up advantages vs Los Angeles, like they did vs Dallas and New Orleans.

In particular, the specific spots where the Nuggets have possessed major advantages … i.e. at the PG [although that might be difficult for CP3 lovers to believe] and PF/C positions, plus in terms Quality Depth, overall … will not be the case in this series:

Point Guard

* Billups’ game is based on strength, not quickness. Whereas Aaron Brooks was too quick for Derek Fisher … physical strength & guile just happen to be two strengths of D-Fish, as well.

* Anthony Carter is a highly capable Back-up PG. The combination of Jordan Farmar & Shannon Brown is equally formidable.

Power Forward/Center

* Nene, Kenyon Martin, Chris Anderson & Johan Petro is a versatile and highly effective set of Bigs. So, too, however, is Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom & Josh Powell.  

Quality Depth

* JR Smith, Anderson, Carter, Linas Kleiza, Petro, Jason Hart & Renaldo Balkman are a stout and highly serviceable Group of 7, coming off the bench. However, they are not a superior force, in comparison with the Lakers’ corresponding re-inforcements, i.e. Sasha Vujacic, Odom, Farmar, Luke Walton, Powell, Brown & DJ Mbenga.  

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Please Note:
At the moment, the Lakers are +220 to Win the 2008-2009 NBA Title. For those so inclined, this is a VERY GOOD proposition. :-)