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April 19, 2008 3:38 PM

NBA Playoff Preview: Lakers vs. Nuggets

#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #8 Denver Nuggets
(Season Series – 3-0 Lakers)

Average Score: 118-102 Lakers
Best Trade Of The Year: Lakers landing Pau Gasol for…Kwame Brown??
Most Obnoxious Injury: Andrew Bynum. He’ll be back in 5-6 weeks…we mean more like 2 months…we mean the playoffs maybe…definitely the playoffs…a week before the playoffs start…we think he’ll be ready for the playoffs….” Waiting to hear he’s been caught playing pick-up with Greg Oden.
Least Intimidating Name: Linas Kleiza
Best Nickname: Vladimir “Space Cadet” Radmanovic
Keith Van Horn Award (Most Overplayed player): Kenyon Martin – $13.25 million. Martin is averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds which might not be bad on a team like the Nets, but when you’re on a team that is averaging over 110 points per game you should be producing more. Martin accounts for about 16% of the teams payroll, but is contributing just over 10% of their points. Not that points are everything, but it’s not like he’s making it up on the defensive end.
Series Nickname: Who Has The Best (Mug)Shot?

Anthony Iverson

Bryant

Who Snitched???

Player To Watch Out For: JR Smith – He’s averaging over 15.5 points per game since the beginning of March and is shooting over 40% from 3-point range.
Best Video From This Year: Bryant Jumps over Aston-Martin
Celebrity Fans vs. Nuggets mascot?
How The Lakers Will Win: By getting back on defense and taking advantage of transition baskets. And feeding it to Gasol in the post in a half court set.
How The Nuggets Will Win: That mile high air gets to the Lakers and the Nuggets run them out of the building and steal one in Los Angeles. Or, Kobe Bryant gets involved in some extra-curriculars in Denver, and I’m not talking jumping over cars.

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