2011 NBA Playoff Bracket
April 22, 2011 by staff
2011 Nba Playoff Bracket, I could not have been enough, but the Lakers got the win they needed Wednesday night at Staples Center to even their series of first-round playoffs of the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets. Sure, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to make only five of 20 shots, but the Lakers still found a way to win, 87-78. C.A. Clark of Silver Screen and Roll has an idea why:
The stars of the Lakers, secondary and approached the bank to carry the night, because they are the deepest, most talented team in the NBA. This could not happen a year ago. Or even two years ago. Bynum could not step up and lead the team without being a black hole. Lamar was not consistent and confident enough to put the team on his back. Always fell on Kobe and / or Pau. The rest of the Lakers fed on them this time. As time passes and no longer need to be Kobe or Pau-World to find your own game. Pau smoothie? Andrew raised the intensity. Kobe focuses on the defense of Chris Paul instead of marking? Lamar took over the game.
For the Hornets, who did their job? They have a split in the road in the first two games, and now have to hold serve in his court to take control of the series. The big difference was that New Orleans committed only three turnovers in Game 1 but soared to 16 turnovers in Game 2. Paul Sondhi SB Nation’s blog at The Hive is awaiting Game 3:
For Friday’s game, I anticipate fewer bridges and more than Trevor Ariza brought tonight. The Hornets have not found their game a valiant effort, but there are positives to take from this game. A losing only nine points after losing the ball many times and taking pictures ugly is an achievement in itself.
Game 3 coverage will kickoff at 6:30 pm PDT, and will be televised by ESPN (national) and KCAL (locally).
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