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Could this be a shorter series than anticipated?



If you're one to buck conventional wisdom try this on for size.

The news out of LA is not good where Bynum's knee is concerned. With so much attention being paid to who will guard Rondo, and rightfully so, the biggest factors in this series may boil down to what got the Lakers to this point...size and length.

Sure you always have to account for Kobe, but dominant play in the paint has been a major factor for the Lakers in these playoffs. Their frontline is shooting better than 50% highlighted by Gasol's 61% in the Utah series.

No one will ever confuse Olk. City, Utah or Phoenix with Boston's physicality. Even with a healthy Bynum the Celtic defense won't allow LA to shoot that kind of percentage from game to game. Bymun's injury may force Jackson to extend Gasol's minutes. If he can't go altogether seldom used Josh Powell may see action. You could make an argument for Odom paying more attention to the paint, but he does have a knack for disappearing acts. Jackson could opt for a smaller lineup with Gasol playing the 5 spot, but that essentially puts the Lakers' front line about where they were two years ago.

Certainly the Celts could be at a disadvantage if Perk picks up the impending tech, but now I see why Jackson decided to go public on the physicality aspect starting Monday. He knew the extent of Bynum's injury. His comments were made to induce the officials into calling this series even closer than eastern conference playoff games, and that's a net plus for the Lakers.

So if the officials let the Celts be physical, and they can limit the Lakers to one shot, it puts Rondo in transition where he can do the most damage. Then the Celts can repeat what they accomplished in Orlando. With a hobbled Bynum in tow the 2-3-2 format could work to their advantage.


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