Of course, the Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Star WarsAs we touched on above, if the Blazers have any possibility to make this series intriguing, let alone win it, Damian Lillard has to be something close to best-player-in-the-world type efficient. As a duo, in terms of pure scoring, the Blazers back court can keep up with LeBron and ADVERTISEMENT.

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Still, unless LeBron chooses to take it easy on his banana-boat pal, which we can securely presume he will not, Melo is going to get non-stop hunted through switches and forced to protect in area. As long as Melo is making shots, hes going to stay in the video game, since at the end of the day the only opportunity the Blazers have of winning this series is in a shootout. Theyre going to have to aim for 120-plus points every game and take their chances that the Lakers arent striking shots.

Davis will have his hands full, too. Nurkic is balling. He had 22 points and 21 rebounds in Portlands play-in win over Memphis. 2. Doubles and DropsThe Lakers are practically certain to double and trap Lillard a minimum of for stretches. Theyll nearly certainly commit to taking the ball out of his hands at all costs if he gets hot. Lillard has reached the point where you need to send out multiple defenders at him the minute as he crosses half court if you dont wish to wind up on the business end of a blow torch. That opens useful circumstances for the Blazers, who have the shooters to make the Lakers pay for sending out two at Lillard. The math is going to leave either Carmelo Anthony, Gary Trent Jr. and obviously McCollum open for a lot of shots, and those men are all knocking them down a high clip right now. Nurkic has actually also shown a great feel for taking short-roll passes and either getting to he basket, kicking or finishing delicate push-shots to shooters. The Blazers are a really harmful offensive team for the easy factor that Lillard is going to burn you one way or the other: Single cover him, and hell get 50; double him and open shooters make you pay..

While LeBron is going to get anywhere he wants in this series, he Blazers do at least have some size to contend with Davis, however Jusuf Nurkic and Hassan Whiteside are not going to keep up with him on the perimeter, where hell be running a lot in both isolation and pick-and-roll with LeBron. Its not to say they arent capable to knocking them down, however its a much better bet that they will not than letting LeBron have his way.The difference is you do not have to double LeBron 40 feet from the basket like you do Lillard. Still, unless LeBron chooses to take it simple on his banana-boat friend, which we can safely presume he will not, Melo is going to get relentlessly hunted through switches and forced to safeguard in area.

Of course, the Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. As a duo, in terms of pure scoring, the Blazers back court can keep up with LeBron and ADVERTISEMENT.

The Lakers do not have a lot of defenders to throw at those two, specifically without Avery Bradley. Theres a flip side to that coin, of course, which is that Portland doesnt have a prayer of safeguarding LeBron individually. While LeBron is going to get any place he desires in this series, he Blazers do at least have some size to contend with Davis, but Jusuf Nurkic and Hassan Whiteside are not going to keep up with him on the perimeter, where hell be operating a lot in both seclusion and pick-and-roll with LeBron.

For the Lakers its a bit different. They dont have the cumulative shooting the Blazers do. The Blazers will gladly live all series long with Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma and Dion Waiters introducing 3s. Its not to say they arent capable to knocking them down, however its a much better bet that they will not than letting LeBron have his way.The distinction is you do not need to double LeBron 40 feet from the basket like you do Lillard. Theyll let him shoot as numerous 3s as he desires, too. What LeBron wants to do is play the pick-and-roll game to get switches that give him the benefit versus a Nurkic or Collins, or heaven forbid, Carmelo Anthony. The Blazers likely will not offer him that chance if they can help it and will drop their bigs in pulling back style as much as possible; make him strike pull-ups. Obviously, LeBron wont choose pull-ups. Hell utilize the downhill runway to get to the rim. Nurkic, Collins and Whiteside at least have a chance protecting the rim. On the boundary, theyre prepared. This will be a series, I believe, specified largely by the Lakers protecting Lillard pick-and-rolls aggressively and the Blazers safeguarding LeBron pick-and-rolls conservatively..

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