In many aspects, Lakers is not a better team than Blazers.
The only thing we need worry about is Kobe & Gasol 's pick and roll
because Yao can not defend p&r.
If scola can defend Gasol or he can torture Gasol in offense end
consistently, we will really have a chance to beat LA.
I wish Bynum will ask Phil Jackson to permit him to play with Yao 1v1, no fronting, no double team----just like Joel Przybilla did before the 1st game
I think Scola is not the X-factor. To me, he has proven in the portland series he can overcome his lack of athleticism and size. However, I do think Scola will be in foul trouble quite often with the refs favoring the Lakers majorly. So I expect him not to be much of a factor at all.
Artest and partly Battier will be the X-factor. Just look at the four losses:
- 1st loss: Artest was very bad and not much a factor
- 2nd loss: Artest did not play, not a factor
- 3rd loss: Artest goes nuts, not much of a factor
- 4th loss: Artest top scorer but not that good
So we lost every single game in which Artest was not (much of) a factor and only one where he was a factor. Defensively he needs to let Battier go to work so he can be like last night on offense.
Battier is partly the X-factor because I feel he needs to defend Kobe most of the time and we need his offense. He cannot be just the 3pt camper and defender only, he needs to make a lot more cuts and even post up to make Kobe work and get himself going.
I actually think Wafer is the X factor. He usually goes off on LA. If he can give us the 20 points off the bench for at least 2 of the LA games on the road, we can actually have a chance to win the series.
i think kobe is the x factor.
if he decides to go 4 for 29, even if we play like sh!t, we'll win
if he decideds to go 15 for 17, even if we play our best, we'll lose
Scola isn't the X factor.
Scola is as consistent as they come therefore he CAN'T be the "X factor".
He was already the "X factor" in the Blazer's series. I believe the X factor is Ron and Yao. If Ron has a good FG percentage we will have a chance beating the Lakers yet if he jacks up shots we will shoot ourselves out of the game. We have to get Yao going if we want to win the series. Also, we need to get Yao enough TOUCHES! If they double, Yao will make the right decision. But we have to go through him.
I personally dun think scolar is the x factor... he is always a CONSISTENT factor. brooks and wafer should be the ones
THe X Factor is how Ron performs while being guarded by Kobe+ Whether Brooks can use his speed against the stronger Laker guards
Artest + Brooks = X Factors
The X factor will be our defense on Kobe and our defense on the 3pt line.
If we let Kobe penetrate, or dish to open 3pt players the Lakers are a very good 3pt shooting team when it cares.
If we defend the 3pt line well, and keep kobe out of the paint Gasol won´t win the game by himself. He is soft as a bubble.
Another X-Factor is Kyle Lowry, He should and will get more minutes than Aaron Brooks here. Many times this season he has actually done a good job against the Lakers. There PGs are not that much superior than ours, especially since we have Lowry.
Lowry does a good job getting everybody into their sets and a good job stabilizing the offense. Aaron Brooks doesn't even run the offense from what I see, If anything Yao is the guy that tells everybody want to do.
For the Rockets, there should not be any X-Factors in the game. EVERYONE needs to show up and play hungry with determination. If not go home.
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