Hey guys maybe I'm a fan of the old school, but as I watch these finals I cant help but notice Orlando's similar style of play to our beloved warriors playoff run. Our style was...run, run, run and shoot a bunch of threes. I hear all the time from these ex coaches turned analyst ( Jeff van Gundy, Mike Fratello, Doug Collins) and they all seem to say the same things: "Slow the pace down and get a good shot" or maybe "Attack the basket and dont settle for three's". Now how many of us have heard the saying "Defense is what wins championships" and I for one completely agree.
If we look at the two major sports (NFL & NBA) you will see a pattern of defensive teams beating out the more offensive teams. The NBA's past 5 champions include: Boston, San Antonio (twice), Miami and Detriot all whom were good defensively. Same could be said about the NFL with champions such as: Baltimore, Tampa and most recent Pittsburgh.
Now you may say that this years Lakers aren't a good defensive team and you may have a point, but dont overlook the fact that they have taken their defensive intensity to another level. It mostly is inbodied in the play of Paul Gasol and Lamar Odom. Last year they where being called soft and not committed, but this year they are doing a heck of a job on Dwight and getting after it on that side of the ball. How about Kobe and his re-commitment to defense? or maybe Phil Jackson starting Ariza over Lamar?
In conclusion what I'm trying to say is: Nellie if you are watching these finals, I hope you see that your offense tactics will never beat a solid defensive team. As the season goes on, those three's dont go in as much.
I will soon have another post stating the similarities that this years Lakers have to our Warriors. WE ARE NOT THAT FAR AWAY PEOPLE!!!!