Originally Posted by Celts34
Jus cause you tell your something over and over again doesn't make it true. Did Bynum play in the 1st Celtics-Lakers matchup last season, I swore he did and didn't make a whole lot of difference either.
And the evidence to support this is where??? Because I don't know if you know this or not but Ariza played on the Knicks and Magic. And never demonstrated the ability to even bother Paul, forget about giving him fits. Lets not even get into the fact that Ariza attempted to guard Pierce in the Finals, and it was much of the same. Lets keep it real, Noone in the league is intimidated by anyone on the lakers roster, except Kobe in the 4th quarter
Yeah because we're clearly witnessing the same team we did last season, right? Lets overlook the depth, length and defensive intensity shall we?
It is not about Ariza playing on the Knicks or the Magic, it's about how he's playing for this current Laker team healthy.
He has been nothing short of spectacular for us this season, defensively, rebounding wise, his movement without the ball is essential to the type of offense LA runs. His perimeter game has improved from last season, he's a completely different player this season. If you actually think his presence defensively won't matter because Pierce had success against Ariza in his Magic/Knicks days when the guy was what 20 years old back them?
Bynum struggled against Boston last season in two
games, but right now he's 2nd in BPG and gets a good share of rebounds for us. Plus he'll give Boston fits with those lob passes.
And I love how you tried to support your evidence of Ariza not being able to guard Pierce by outlining how he couldn't do so in last years playoffs when coming off an injury, not really being in game shape and getting like what 3-4 MPG?
This Laker team is significantly
better then last year's version.
Boston faced a Laker team without Bynum, or healthy Ariza. Farmar's confidence was gone all post-season long.
Those are easily our 4-7th best players on the roster (along with Fish), and at the very least...Bynum/Ariza's presence this
season is equivalent to Ray Allen for Boston.
But it's Ok, keep thinking you beat a Laker team at full strength. And keep repeating to yourself that having Ariza/Bynum last season wouldn't have made a difference.