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Erick Blasco’s Western Conference Second Round Preview

Published by on May 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets

Of all the second-round matchups in this year's NBA Playoffs, this one is the most tantalizing. L.A.’s athleticism and skill versus Houston’s discipline and brawn makes for quite the clash, and the two teams are clearly the best in the West.

The series will be determined by the answers to a number of crucial questions:



Will Kobe Bryant get the best of Houston’s tag-team defensive duo of Shane Battier and Ron Artest?

Depending on Kobe’s mindset, yes.

If Kobe attempts to force-feed his ego and fire up any manner of wild, contested jump shots, then the Lakers offense will become entirely one-dimensional a...

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