|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 11, 2012 at 7:50 AM|
Yesterday my instant reaction was all over the place about Dwight Howard. Of course the deal was wrong on so many levels. The Lakers always get what they want. But for the Celtics I think about the famous Stones song.
"You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need"
The Lakers may get what they want, but the Celtics will do it the old fashion way. This morning I'm looking at the trade in a different way. First of all, the Celtics won't go through the Lakers in the East of course. The Lakers even with Dwight don't matchup well against the Thunder. Perkins has always guarded Howard so well. The Thunder are able to guard LA's bigs, and nobody on the Lakers can guard Durant,Westbrook,and Harden.This is what Doc said about Howard leaving the East.
"I'm glad Dwight is out of the East," Rivers said. "The first thing you say is, 'We hope to see you in the finals' because we don't have to worry about the West part of it. It makes the Lakers pretty good. (Andrew) Bynum was pretty good before so it's not like they changed that much. I think Bynum is the better offensive player and I think Dwight Howard is a better athlete and a better defensive player."
Doc is right. Some may say that Bynum is the better center, and offensively that is true. Bynum was so huge against the Celtics, and maybe it won't be a bad thing that he's gone. The Celtics have always covered Howard well, even without Perk. The Lakers still have a few issues despite having a big four. First of all. Steve Nash is no spring chicken. He's been playing at a high level, but does he fix everything for the Lakers? The odds are high that his game drops off mid-season, or by the playoffs. Nash has been banged up in the past couple of seasons, so anything is possible.
Kobe as well could have some drop off in his game. He played in the Olympics again, and that could effect him. The Lakers have an old backcourt.And it wouldn't surprise me if they show their age.
Gasol also played in Olympics,and his game keeps dropping. He's not the same player from the Lakers back-to-back run. And of course the Lakers also have an old core coming off the bench.
So what if the Lakers, and Celtics met up in the Finals? The Celtics are deep, and young. Rondo will run circles around Nash. Lee,and Bradley will lock down Kobe as much as possible. I like our chances with Kobe. The Celtics than have a clear advantage with Pierce, baring Pierce being not healthy,and not playing at a high level.I like Paul's chances.
KG,and Gasol are pretty much a wash,and I tend to give the edge to KG. So Howard is the advantage. But the Celtics have a gang of bigs to throw at him. Howard isn't a great offensive player. And the Celtics have always taken care of that when Playing Dwight. I also can't see Kobe taking a big cut in shooting the ball.He won't take a cut in his points per game.
Than you look at the Celtics bench. You have Green,and Terry coming off the bench, and with Lee. Nobody on the Lakers bench can even come close to those three guys.
I love the Celtics chances. Of course the Lakers may have gotten better. In my eyes they have, and some think Bynum is a better center, so they believe the Lakers have done nothing. I think their thinking, and perhaps once the season starts I'll be right there with them.