stealrizaLakers Examiner: Making an inbounds pass is something most of us take for granted. I mean, how hard could it be to simply pass the ball to one of your four teammates ANYWHERE on the court?

Well if you’re the Denver Nuggets playing the Los Angeles Lakers, apparently it’s not as easy as you think.

Stolen inbounds passes in the final minute have cost the Nuggets two games in the Western Conference finals. Am I saying the Nuggets would have won had they gotten the ball inbounds? Of course not. But it certainly would have made things more interesting.

Both inbounds steals had the same reicpe for the Lakers. Lamar Odom guarding the inbounder with the streaking Trevor Ariza slicing through to make the steal.

While most fans were quick to give credit to Ariza, both Phil Jackson and George Karl said after game three that Odom deserved serious credit for making things difficult on inbounder Kenyon Martin. We can only assume same goes for Anthony Carter in game one.

With their performance, Odom and Ariza have cemented themselves as the best inbound-defending duo of all time. That’s right, I challenge you to come up with better. They’re the most menacing tag team since the Legion of Doom.

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