Re: What's up with the lakers?
Here is my analysis
Celtics and Lakers had very similar fates during the regular season. For Celtics KG got hurt, for Lakers Bynum got hurt.
Celtics coach was wise to keep KG out of playoffs since even a superstar after recovering from an injury is not able to play playoff-quality basketball, no matter how good he was before the injury. That's why Celtics coach did not take the gamble of playing KG.
Phil, OTOH is not keeping Bynum out. Bynum is rusty, but not only that! He has never played in the playoffs before. As the Angels/Red Sox proved last year, playoff play is not at all like regular season play. Angels dominated Boston in the regular season, but choked to them in the first round of the playoffs. Bynum's biggest problem is that he has no playoff experience at all.
Also, everyone in the Lakers' division was under .500 this year except Suns. If the Lakers were in the Rockets' or Spurs' division, I'm sure they'd have at least 10 more regular season losses. Similarly, last year's Angels had the best record in baseball, but their division was absolutely pathetic, so their record (like the Lakers 65-17) means very little. Both the 2008 Angels and Lakers of this year were overrated because of their easy divisions, in which they played the majority of their games.
Finally, Lakers are very arrogant. Pride always brings doom.
Last edited by JetDeveloper : 05-15-2009 at 10:57 PM.