Double Yew-Tea-Eff, mate!
What’s gone wrong with Farmar? He’s afraid to shoot, he’s afraid to pass, he even seems afraid to dribble, as he picked up his dribble under no pressure on more than one occasion on Friday.
To a certain extent, Sasha had a terrible game too, and a little production from either of these two would have probably given us enough to come back against Utah but, as the phrase Lion King made famous goes, “you gotta put your behind in the past.”
Marquee Matchups -
Point Guard – Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar vs. Deron Williams: So far, Derek Fisher has done his part, but Farmar has been a no show. With Deron stepping up on his home court, we NEED Farmar to take some pressure off of Fisher and to put some on Williams.
Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant vs. Ronnie Brewer: The Jazz showed that if you stop Gasol, you can let Kobe get his 30 and still win. The Jazz are about to find out what a mistake it is to awaken the Black Mamba. I expect noting less than 50 from Kobe, with Brewer, Boozer, and AK-47 fouling out (again).
Small Forward – Vladimir Radmanovic vs. Andrei Kirilenko: So Vladdy shot well in the first quarter, and had that nice assist to Gasol, but you have to start wondering, if Walton isn’t the better choice for the starting lineup. If Vladdy can come off the bench and shoot corner three’s great! If not, well at least Kobe has more options to spread the floor with, and Walton will make the game easier for Gasol especially.
Power Forward – Lamar Odom vs. Carlos Boozer: Lamar, if only you had some kind of consistent mid-range game! It’s amazing how effective he is even when the opposition knows he’s only going to shoot layups.
Now that Boozer has finally woken up, we’ll see what happens defensively, I’m guessing Phil might put Gasol on Boozer and make him shoot those mid-range jump shots. If he makes them then at least Gasol is avoiding foul trouble, and if he misses then Gasol has inside position on him. Hopefully Lamar can shut down Okur, as he should be fast enough to stick with the drive as well as tall enough to contest his shot.
Gasol shoots 60% from the floor and we know he did a bad job. He looked out of sorts on Friday. Hopefully, the other Lakers will look for him early in Game 4. (not just dump the ball into him, but get the ball to him where he can score easily.)
Kyle Korver is the X-factor for the Jazz, but Paul Milsap is really annoying too. He didn’t do any major damage on Friday, but he’s a threat to do so.
Apparently, stopping Luke isn’t a priority for Jerry Sloan, as he’s put Harpring on Kobe. Luke will make him pay.
At some point, we have to wonder what we are paying Ira for. I would suggest bringing him off the bench for Luke, and making Vladdy earn his minutes but its too late in the year for drastic changes.
Advantage: Lakers, but only if Sasha hits some shots (or gets someone kicked out of the game).
Statistical Predictions -
Alright, I’m going to keep track of statistical predictions for the post-season!
Here’s how it works, copy and paste the below and enter your picks instead, Closest prediction wins. Posts will only be accepted before the game starts, in this case 12:30PM PST.
20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol.
10+ Rebounds: Lamar.
2+ Blocks: Kobe, Gasol and Turiaf.
3+ 3-Pointers: Farmar.
Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.
Point Margin: Lakers by 5.
Out On A Limb: Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar keep the turnovers to 5 total (as opposed to 12)
* a 20/10/6 will be considered closer than a 20/7/7 because player A is only short 4 assists while player B is short 3 rebounds and 3 assists, or 6 stat points in total, as opposed to 4 for plater A.
Game Information -
Radio: KLAC & KWKW
Burning Questions -
Why doesn’t Ira Newble play against AK-47?
Will Mbenga slow Boozer down?
Can Farmar go all “Tony Parker” on Deron Williams?
Let’s win this for Fisher!