Five thoughts from a night the Lakers made a bigger statement than any
Based on the comments by coach
The available centers, just in case: nobody. If Yao is out Sunday, 6-9
Farmar had four assists in the first quarter alone, helping the Lakers to an early lead. Diving on the floor for a loose ball and passing to
Increasing the degree of difficulty when the Celtics are already down power forwards
Boston has a chance to get away with it because the Orlando power forward,
The Mavericks have a flickering hope because they were in both games in Denver in the fourth quarter, before being left behind, and shot 47.4 and 48.8 percent in defeat. Of course, they also gave up big numbers, but anything against the improved Nuggets defense is a good sign. Rowdy American Airlines Arena will be the toughest atmosphere the Nugs have faced so far in the playoffs and may be a greater challenge than anything they would see in the conference finals as well.
Cleveland-Atlanta has already been settled. Maybe the Hawks, a team that plays much better at home, get one at Philips Arena, Saturday or Monday, but that's about where the realistic goals end.