TLN’s Playoff Preview: Lakers vs. Nuggets [Game 1]

    The Denver Nuggets: They have as much potential as Lamar Odom.

    … theres a joke in there somewhere.

    Marquee Matchups -

    Point Guard – Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar vs. Allen Iverson: Technically, Carter is their Point Guard, but as most of the league has found out at various points in time, Allen Iverson with the ball in his hands is not exactly a bad option… 40% of the time. Actually to be fair to Iverson his FG% has increased to 45% since being traded to Denver.

    Advantage: Nuggets.

    Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant vs. Anthony Carter: Carter has just come off of a season in which he’s made or matched career-highs in every statistical category, and I do mean every. Kobe has just come off of a season that will probably net him an MVP award.

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Small Forward – Vladimir Radmanovic vs. Carmelo Anthony: The one thing that has really impressed me about Anthony’s game is that his mid-range jump shot can be automatic at times, and there really isn’t much you can do to prevent him from getting that shot. Vladdy surprises us with an excellent defensive effort every third game or some. Hopefully, he either improves on that ratio or they let Sasha guard Melo for most of the game.

    Advantage: Nuggets.

    Power Forward – Lamar Odom vs. Kenyon Martin: I must confess that I never really saw K-Mart play when he was healthy but the K-Mart that I’ve seen recently doesn’t stand a chance against Lamar Odom. Good news for Turiaf, the guy is a terrible FT shooter.

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Center – Paul Gasol vs. Marcus Camby: It is a mystery to me that a person who so often avoids contact and shoots from the outside can still average 13 rebounds, 3 offensive, as well as 3 blocks. The hope is that when Farmar or Kobe blow by their man to the rim that Camby will rotate over and Gasol will have a field day of easy lay-ups and dunks. If not, a lot will depend on Gasol hitting the 11ft+ jumper consistently.

    Advantage: Even

    Bench -

    JR Smith is the X-factor for the Nuggets, but you didn’t need me to tell you that.

    One concern for the Nuggets is that, if they don’t get Nene back for the series, their front line gets really small, with only Steven Hunter to call upon at 7ft. After that, the tallest player they have is 6-8. because of this, Mbenga and even Chris Mihm might get some playing time.

    Advantage: Lakers

    Statistical Predictions -

    Alright, I’m going to keep track of statistical predictions for the Post-Season!

    Heres 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 12pm PST.

    20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar, and Kobe.

    2+ Blocks: Kobe, Gasol, Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha.

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 13.

    Out On A Limb: Kobe gets a Technical.

    * 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.

    Television: ABC & KXTV 10

    Burning Questions -

    4 games or 5?

    Let’s win this for Sasha!

    • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

      If Lakers play defense like they did against the San Antonio Spurs.. then they will sweep the Nuggets.

      Although the reason Lakers won the other games against the Nuggets were due to an injury of Carmelo Anthony, another when he got ejected for doing that thing to Sasha(lol). Not to mention that Derek Fisher had 28 points in one of those games.. which is another reason why Lakers won that.

      But Lakers can beat them no matter what.

    • sean

      hey whatsa ur forgetting in those lakers wins gasol did not play! now imagine gasol playing in the line up

    • ballerv8

      Let Kobe get the technical, he deserves it for not getting one in the last few weeks.
      He has a few slots open in the playoffs before he gets suspended. Might as well use ‘em.

    • lakrfan4life

      20+ Points: Kobe, Pau, Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Pau

      2+ Blocks: Gasol, Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Kobe

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 18.

      Out On A Limb: Sasha and Carmelo get into a fight

    • lakrfan4life

      5 games

    • west213

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      but drew did….

    • lakerz

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      and in the game Drew dident play Anthony got injured early.

    • artpolo5

      i call a Lakers sweep…but it all depends on how well they play defense…if they go into an offensive fight then Denver will pull off at least one game, but if Lakers play defense like they ended the season look for them to sweep the Nuggets and wait for their next victims..most likely Utah…which will be another easy set of wins for LA

    • Phant0M

      We WiNN This..

      -PHANTOMIFIED.

    • ab17

      20+ Points: KObe,Fisher,Odom,Gasol

      10+ Rebounds: Kobe,Odom,Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Odom,Turiaf,Gasol

      3+ 3-Pointers: Fisher,Sasha,Rad-man

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe

      Point Margin: Lakers By 7

      Out On A Limb: Jack Nicholson Shows Up Early!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lafanfromindiana

      I really hope Kobe plays the way he has ever since he earned the last technical. If he starts looking for foul calls everytime he shoots the ball like he did before, along with all his crying to the refs , it will effect our transition defense that we will need to win this series.

      I think the DUI with Carmelo is going to ignite him and he’s going to have a huge series. They also have AI who can throw in 8 or 50 points! We shouldn’t be underestimating this team. Lakers in 6!

    • http://lkers.com 187_NUGGETS

      HEy ALl U LAkERS FANS ThAT GOiNG TO The GAMe 2mROW…LETs AlL Be LOUDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!

    • Lakers 24 7

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      The Lakers already had the game won when Carmelo got ejected, he got frustrated and grabbed Sasha’s throat, if you look at the video the Lakers were leading 105-87

    • Lakers 24 7

      The Nuggets statistically also get out-assisted, out-rebounded, and give up 107 points

    • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

      20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, and Kobe.

      2+ Blocks: Gasol, Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha,Kobe.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 8.

      Out On A Limb: Commentators will mention Carmelo choking Sasha(even show the clip) when Sasha is covering him.

      Lakers in 5 or, if we play good defense, we’ll sweep them.

    • Fairweather Fatty

      “Twas the Night Before Denver”

      Twas the night before Denver and all thru the blog
      Not a poster was croaking not even a frog

      The Jock Straps were drying and hung with care
      In hopes that the Lakers, soon would be there.

      The Lakers were settled, asleep in their beds
      While visions of Titles, danced in their heads

      The alarm had sounded, it beckoned its call
      It must be St. Phil, yelling to all

      “Wake up you Lakers!”, he started to yell.

      Now Ronny, Now Kobe!
      Now Vlade, Now Mihm!

      Come Pau, Come Sasha!
      Come Jordie! Come Luke, even him!

      “Get up you Lakers! Get on your feet!”
      “We have a game with the Nuggets, we have to meet.”

      So off to the Staples, they now flew
      Hoping to roast Denver and make some stew.

      Into the locker room, they had to rush
      And who did they see, but Dr Buss

      One on his left, and one on his right,
      And what did I see?
      But TWO Playboy Bunnies?! Oh, what a sight!

      His eyes were beaming, and cheeks were red
      He looked at us, and then he said.

      “Go Lakers! Go Coaches! Go Fans and Bloggers!”

      “We used to lack, and now we’re back.”

      “Enjoy the run. Now have some fun
      Its my gift to you, We’re Number One!”

    • ryc3

      I SAY 4 NO MORE THAN 5….SIMPLY BCUZ KOBE THE MVP IS NOT GOING TO LET THIS SERIES GET OUT OF HAND. He will have 27 points 12 rebounds and 11 ast in a PLAYOFF OPENER

    • lakerschamps08

      fatty that was very good.. go lakers i hope we win in 5. GO LAKERS

    • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

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      The most amazing story ever.

    • lakerz

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      yeah the one when Anthony got ejected doesent count, but the game when he got injured was early in the game.

    • Banzai

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      Ya LAKERS BABY ALL THE WAY! Lakers in 5..if they are really determined..Lakers in 4 :-D

    • SiKWiDIt

      20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, and Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Gasol, Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Vlad

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 18.

      Out On A Limb: Kobe gets MVP. Carmelo Gets Injured (rolling his ankle, haha I’ll never forget that game) and AI tries to get into Sasha’s face, and gets ejected with 10 left in the fourth.

      this is fun =]

    • http://lakers.com Billy Kupchak

      when bynum comes back kobe will be the number 1 scoring option, drew will be the number 2 option, pau will be the number 3 option, fish will be the number 4 option, and lamar will be the 5th scoring optio

    • Brett

      Good poem. Too bad you didn’t include kobe chewing melo’s flesh as jerkey. That would have been the shiih.

    • wanderer

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      Drew would be option #3 and LO #4.

      -wanderer

    • http://m kevin

      hey guys c’mmon we will kick some asses in this series nugget are not match for LA nuggs CANT play defense and thats what its all about (for iverson) lakers will win in 5 or maybe 4 GO LAKERS BEAT THE DENVER FAGGETS OF CARMELO HIGHTONY”!!!!!!!!!

    • Lakers 24 7

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      …But we didn’t have Bynum or Gasol…so I guess it cancels out with Carmelo’s injury lol

    • http://www.hard-wood.org/?cat=34 Billy Kupchak

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      @wanderer, don’t listen to a single MORONIC thing the *fake* copycat of my identity says on TLN! :-D

    • Jack

      lets start the re-season with the right step. a W.

    • The Mamba

      20+ Points: Kobe

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar,Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf,Lamar

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha,Kobe

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar

      Point Margin: Lakers by 7

      Out On A Limb: Ronny will break the backboard with a tomahawk :)

    • Brett

      20+ Points: Kobe, Fish, and Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar only

      2+ Blocks: Odom, Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Fish

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Odom.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 26.

      Out On A Limb: Kobe sits 4th.

    • LakersAllDay

      20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar.

      10+ Rebounds: Gasol, Lamar.

      2+ Blocks: Gasol, Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Kobe, Sasha

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 11.

      Out On A Limb: Kobe wont get a technical but Carmelo will.

    • lakerfan81

      The key to the series will be controlling the tempo by protecting the ball. Denver loves to run, I believe they have the fastest pace in the league. Their defense (when it exists) is about taking risks on the perimeter then letting Camby clean it up if the risk doesn’t pay off. If you turn the ball over against the Nuggets they will get out in transition and you won’t have much of a chance. However, if you protect the ball, and force them to play half court offense and defense they are not that good. If the lakers Average 12 TOs or less they win easily. If they turn the ball over a lot its will be a long series.

    • pjt

      I like the read, but the Pau Gasol Marcus Camby mach up isn’t even. Trust me on this, Pau Gasol has a huge advantage over Marcus Camby. Watch…

    • Thomas

      I’m curious? Do we really think that the best player in the league (Kobe Bryant) will let us lose this series? I don’t think so.

    • Guoballs

      20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar and Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Pau, Lamar, Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Kobe, Derek, Sasha.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar

      Point Margin: Lakers by 8.

      Out On A Limb: Kobe and Co. jump out to a huge lead in the 3rd, but Nuggets storm back with in 3 only to lose by 8.

    • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

      Im confident that every single player will step up, we are gonna win it all… go LAKERS…

    • BringDFishBack

      20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar and Gasol.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Fish.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Odom.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 13.

      Out On A Limb: Kobe gets a Technical.

    • BringDFishBack

      Well I forgot to change the bottom two on my post above ^^^ and I can’t edit, so here they are.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 7.

      Out On a Limb: Sasha shoots 7+ 3s.

    • BringDFishBack

      One more change, also Vladi under 3+ 3s.

    • pjt

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      update: Gasol 36pts 16reb 8assist

      Camby 4pts 7reb 3assits

      Trust me…

    • Kelly

      THE LAKERS OFFENSE WASNT SO GOOD AT TIMES EITHER && I GOT WORRIED…BUT THEN OUR OFFENSE GOT INTO GEAR && SO DID KOBE IN THE 4TH QUARTER…&& GASOL THE WHOLE GAME

    • lakerz

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      but we still had kwame so he fills in for gasol lol

    • lakrfan4life

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      dont even bring back those horrible memories…
      bad days