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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Second Round Preview

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


This might actually be the match up between the two best teams in the western conference. 

Big men

Los Angeles Lakers start Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom against Yao Ming and Luis Scola who start for the Houston Rocket. This is going to end up being a match up of speed (Lakers) against power (Rockets.)

As a result, the Lakers need to abandon any thought of playing Yao Ming straight up and should instead front him at all times and double him after he starts dribbling. Yao Ming isn’t much of a passer off the dribble and this should be a great way for the Lakers to generate some turnovers.

At the same time, the Lakers have to either stay at home on Luis Scola or close out on him quic...

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