After much waffling, it now appears that Steve Nash is a GO tonight. Going to be so fascinating to see how D’Antoni puts this oh so complicated puzzle together.
There will be pick and roll, so we might see a heavy dose of Biedrins. Even crippled, he’s one of the better PNR defenders in the league, and easily the best on the Warriors.
How happy will Kobe be playing off the ball? Not so happy, if the recent reports of him lowering his championship expectations, and setting his sights on becoming the leading scorer in NBA history are true. (They are.)
Metta World Peace is now coming off the bench at his best position. What position is that? SPREAD FOUR. Which means that we will see heavy doses of Draymond Green attempting to disturb the Peace. Yum!
Hopefully, Jackson will be smart enough to get Jarret Jack on sixth man Jodie Meeks as soon as he comes into the game. Klay on Meeks could be disastrous.
D’Antoni has done the wise thing with Kobe — who at this stage of his career is uninterested in guarding — and shifted him to the three for much of the game. So Klay on Kobe, which may not be as bad as you think. Kobe’s not out-quicking anyone, which will make this a battle of strength, length and guile. Oh, and Harrison Barnes too.
The Lakers are favored by 2. What, in our house?
I predict… that I leave my money in my wallet.
I may be slow to recap, since I’m wrestling with larger Warriors themes. But I’ll try to get something up in the next couple days.