In the rematch of the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers dispatched the Suns… again. The Lakers multiple championship ring possessing big three Kobe, Pau and Lamar lead the team to the first road win of the year. In the process, Phil Jackson became the fifth coach to win 1,100 games. He also accomplished that feat faster than the other four.
The surprising thing is that both teams come into this game undefeated; that will change tonight. As expected, the Lakers starters are consistently getting the job done, but the story has really been the reserves. Shannon Brown and Steve Blake are displaying an excellent combination of playmaking ability, timely outside shooting and solid all-around play. The reserves look solid, but the scary thing is to think that everyone can and will play better.
The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry tonight, one of the best young point guards in the league. A huge part of the scoring load will be on Monta Ellis who has already posted a 46 point night. The Warriors are another team that wants to get out in transition and run up and down the floor. Golden State can score and are once again one of the highest scoring teams in the league.
They have a long and athletic front line with new additions David Lee and Dorell Wright teaming with Andres Biedrins. Wright was a bit of a bust in Miami and is currently getting a chance to shine in the bay area. The trio is averaging 43.5 points, however I have a feeling that the above mentioned average will decrease tonight.
The Lakers defense needs to improve and do a better job of communicating. It is imperative that L.A. controls the tempo of the game, the paint, gets back in transition, limit the Warriors to one shot per possession and rotate out to three point shooters.