Re: If OKC does not go all the way...
posted at 4/25/2011 7:16 PM EDT
In Response to If OKC does not go all the way...
[QUOTE]A lot of folks will have some explaining to do. Now hear me out....I promise this is my last point to make. I have nothing but love for Perk, but Im getting sick of hearing all these people say that banner # 18 left with Perkins and we are done without him. So we all know that OKC gave L.A. a scare last year by going 6 games and winning 2 of them, I believe. It was a well played series and everyone took notice and said they will be very good soon. Later in the playoffs, we all know what happened. C's didnt close out the lakers and had to go back to L.A. for game 7 without Perk who was injured game 6. We lost the game, IMO due to lack of size, no rebounding, and a tired out veteran core that go no rest in game 7. Now fast forward to this year...3 months ago. drum roll please....the MOST SHOCKING EVENT IN HISTORY OCCURRED. the celtics traded Perkins. Now I am not gonna get into why/ how it has affected us, etc....BUT, I will say this....if OKC was that close to beating L.A. last year, and now have the immortal Kendrick Perkins, He who has been to many of all-star games (as a spectator) cheering the big 3, and been defensive player of the year (for the celtics) How can OKC possibly lose this time if they meet again? OKC has the same core with more experience...Ibaka playing great and the all world center to hold down the middle, so surely it is a lock, right? I just wanna know what they are gonna say if OKC loses. I guess it will mean that Perkins is not the only determining factor in winning a championship...I still want them to be in the Finals...and I want us there too to spoil their plans... I dont want people to think I am taking shots at Perk, even tho' it seems that way,,,,but I am really just showing my support for the team that still plays here and saying, yeah, we lost a peice..but there are other keys to winning and you can win with other guys....We still have the best starting 5 with JON, IMO....we still have the best coach in terms of playcalling and exectution from the players. We still in this thing... Perk, I wish you luck up until if/when we meet in the playoffs.
Posted by JayShizzle45[/QUOTE]
Perk could not deal with Bynum at about 30% in that series, in game 1 Bynum had 21 points, 14 boards, and 7 blocks.....then of course his injury got worse and worse so Perk didn't really do anything to combat their size, etc.
I love how people wax poetic about the Lakers length and rebounding, etc. but after the finals Doc said Rondo not being able to shoot really hurt us in the playoffs.
Length and poor rebounding sounds like a good excuse and one that Bostonians would love to perpetuate, well not just love to perpetuate but are looking to add to the bible.
For the most part the Lakers strategy was to ignore Rondo and sag into the paint and then periodically in certain situations put Kobe on Rondo.
Innumerable uncontested jumpers not taken or taken and clanged resulted in the Lakers winning back to back but of course it is because of the refs and Perk's injury.
If OKC loses it will be because they have no playoff experience and playoff offense 4 against 5 - just like the Celtics did when Perk was here.
Memphis picking off the Spurs and Kobe on crutches paves the way for OKC to get to the finals but we will see.