Playoff Matchup

Published: March 15, 2011

Lakers or Mavs? Mavs or Lakers? These are our most likely opponents. Normally I try to avoid speculation when so many things could happen between now and mid-April, but this scenario is too juicy. Imagine the following:

1. You are Monty Williams.  It’s Wednesday morning, April 13, the day of our final regular season game

2. Dallas has clinched the 2 seed

3. LA is locked into the 3 seed

4. We are between the 6 and 7 seeds, and can lock into the 7 spot with a loss

Knowing what you know about how tough the Lakers are, how we haven’t beat them all year, how well we always play Dallas, and how the Mavs (if you believe what you heard from their announcers during our incredible comeback last week) are downright afraid of playing in New Orleans, how do you play our final game? Do you limit our stars’ minutes? Do you rest Paul and West entirely? Do you throw out a lineup of Jack-QPon-Smith-DJ-Gray with Gray running point? Is there any way in heck that you want to win that game?



Now the best part: this last game is in Dallas. My mind just exploded.


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