LOS ANGELES – It is possible.
As much as the Lakers rightfully should be the favorites to win the NBA championship, it is possible they could suffer the humiliation of a first-round series loss to the Utah Jazz.
How can that be? Well, it’s fundamental basketball.
Listen to Detroit coach Michael Curry’s thumbnail analysis on how to beat the Lakers: “They zone up a lot like Boston. You have to have shooting bigs and guards who can dribble-penetrate.”
Bear in mind that Curry’s team – riding big Rasheed Wallace’s shooting and guard Allen Iverson’s dribble penetration – was the first to beat the Lakers this season back on Nov. 14. And Detroit led much of the second half in the March 26 rematch because Curry, even without the injured Wallace and Iverson (and Richard Hamilton), rode the dribble penetration of little-known point guard Will Bynum until he ran out of gas.
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