>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011
New Orleans Hornets Vs Los Angeles Lakers April 20, 2011 NBA 2011 Playoff. With The Hornets leading 1-0 in the playoff, the Lakers has to set their pace right for this second game. But how would the Lakers do it if they don't solve the riddle that is Chris Paul. Yeah, the guy is causing the Lakers a real headache and in the last two days the team has been trying to find ways to prevent Paul from repeating the 33 points and 14 assists he did to make Hornets get the win in the opening of the playoff. The Lakers better find a way to slow down Paul or else the fate the had during the opening will surely be repeated. Kobe Bryant said that they know that they need more than one player to watch Paul. Lamar Odom on the other hand has this words about the problem:
One of our biggest problems was there was a lack of communication defensively, we've got to try to trap this kid (Paul) as much as possible, make it as tough on him as we can.
Paul is really a bad dream for the Lakers, the guy is so fast and powerful that Lakers' defense (the aging point guard Derek Fisher) is too slow for him. Fisher's backup, Steve Blake, has just returned to practice Monday after being absent from the court for a week because of chicken pox so we could not really expect much from him.
Yes, we know that the Lakers rely on their size but size is no match for speed and Paul has got speed. Paul's speed forces the Lakers to sacrifice the bulk of their defense on Paul alone, giving other Hornets a better chance at the attack.
This game will surely be very explosive, every basketball fan is looking forward to how would the Lakers prevent the Hornets from repeating what they did during the opening game of the playoff.