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    NBA Mock Trade Deadline Finals Lakers-Magic

    NBA Mock Trade Deadline Finals

    Game played on neutral court

    PLEASE LOOK AT THE ROSTERS! THESE ARE NOT REAL TEAMS, SO PLEASE VOTE ON WHO WOULD WIN IN A 7 GAME SERIES!

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    Thanks, and good luck. Poll closes at 8:00 PM EST

    Lakers

    PG: Tony Parker / Jordan Farmar
    SG: Kobe Bryant / Sasha Vujacic / Sun Yue
    SF: Corey Maggette / Bonzi Wells
    PF: Lamar Odom / Josh Powell / Chris Mihm
    C: Pau Gasol / Matt Bonner / D.J. Mbenga

    Magic

    C-Tyson Chandler/Melvin Ely/Marcin Gortat
    PF-Tim Duncan/Glen Davis/P.J. Brown
    SF-Mike Dunleavy/Andres Nocioni/Walter Hermann
    SG-Raja Bell/James Posey
    PG-Chris Paul/Travis Diener/Mike Wilks


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    Tony Parker vs Chris Paul

    This is really almost a tie, but Parker being such a force in the Finals gives him the edge. They both are good at slashing, decent at shooting and alright on defense. Really the only difference is that Parker has dominated in the playoffs. BTW, Kobe will be on Paul and it will eliminate their offense.

    Kobe Bryant vs Raja Bell

    Look up the playoffs, Kobe usually destroys him. There is no way possible to assume Raja could even come close to matching what Kobe would do. Plus, with Raja being pretty mediocre on offense, we can play Kobe on Paul.

    Corey Maggette vs Mike Dunleavy

    This is a tie. Maggette is better inside and Dunleavy is better outside. They're both ok on defense. Neither one would win or lose the series.

    Lamar Odom vs Tim Duncan

    This is almost as far apart as Kobe/Bell. Duncan is amazing. He will get points, but that's ok with us. If we stop Paul, we stop Raja and Tyson too. Duncan wins this matchup, but on the other end, he won't stop Odom from getting to the rim, he's too slow when on the wing.

    Pau Gasol vs Tyson Chandler

    This is a huge win for us. With Kobe on Paul and Tim playing with the ball, Chandler's catch and dunks are gone. On the other hand, Gasol will take him off the dribble all series long. This would easily be the best offensive matchup for us and Gasol would take full advantage of it.

    Benches

    LA takes it. Posey and Nocioni are really good, but the other three are kinda terrible. On the other hand, Farmar, Sasha, Bonner and Powell are all currently contributing right now.

    On Offense

    We again will slow play this series and score in transition. With our great offense, we will put up points rather easily. Paul isn't great at stopping penetration, so we have that from Parker. Also, Duncan and Tyson neither one could stop Odom from penetrating either. This will be their downfall. They WON'T stop penetration and because of that, we'll score very easily. We know they'll bring up the fact Raja and Posey will shut Kobe down, but we know it won't happen. Raja couldn't stop him when he was great at defense, now that he's mediocre, he really wouldn't. During the Finals, Posey did slow down Kobe, but he also had great defenders in Rondo and Pierce to help double. Now he has two MUCH weaker defenders with him and Kobe has Parker and Maggette instead of Fisher and Vlad. There's no way they would come off either to double on Kobe. If they did, it be easy buckets over and over.

    On Defense

    Kobe is going to be on Paul a lot. They've clearly set up the Hornets Pt. II. By stopping Paul, you stop the outside spot up shooters and Tyson's dunks. Kobe is one of, if not the best perimeter defenders in the league and ALWAYS guards from CP3, to Wade, to LeBron. Very rarely do they outduel him. Just recently Kobe helped hold LeBron to one of his worst shooting games of the year. There is no reason to believe he won't stop Paul now either. Duncan is going to score and we're ok with that. If we shut down CP3, Raja and Tyson, he and Mike won't be able to outscore our offense. This defense will also lead to a lot of transition points. That will make it even harder on them to try outscoring us. We don't have a great defensive team, but we do have the right kind of defensive team to stop this offense.

    Conclusion
    Kobe will be too much again. With Parker and Odom penetrating, he'll get open looks outside. When Raja is on him, he'll be blowing by him to the rim to create for others and himself. With him not having to do everything, he will have plenty of energy and concentration to stop CP3. There is no possible way they can argue for stopping this team from scoring. Neither of their post guys are good at defending from the perimeter and none of their wing guys are good enough to stop Parker and Kobe. On the other hand, Kobe can stop Paul because he's proven he can. By Kobe stopping Paul, he also stops Raja (spot up shooter) and Tyson (a catch and dunker). So Kobe essentially eliminates 60% of their offense. That means if we choose to have Gasol and Odom double Duncan, we can without worrying about Tyson. He can't create his shot, so it's not like he would hurt us. Maggette and Parker arn't the greatest defenders, but Parker can stand with Raja outside and Maggette is much more athletic than Mike in order to keep him from slashing. No matter what kind of offense they want to run, they're really hurt by relying on CP3 for their shots so much. If we take away CP3, he, Raja and Tyson are gone. If they somehow take away Parker, we still have Kobe and Odom who can create shots for others. Duncan and Gasol can both pass well, so that would be a wash. Our defense isn't the best, but Kobe being such a great defender and their reliance on Paul to create offense kills their chances at the title.

    This series is basically like LAL and SAS in the playoffs last year. LAL won pretty easily and that was without Parker and Maggette. Plus, CP3/Raja isn't as good as Parker/Manu either. After how that series transpired, there's no reason to think the same thing wouldn't happen again.
    1 Orlando Magic vs. 1 Los Angeles Lakers

    There is a familiar saying in the NBA: "Defense wins championships". It's hard to imagine that an NBA Finals series, of all series, would come down to something so simple. The Magic have it and the Lakers don't. That's what the series comes down to.

    The Lakers are loaded with offensive firepower. All five of their starters can score from just about anywhere on the court and four of the five are at least solid playmakers. But offensively, we're just about on their level. And defensively, we're miles ahead.

    Frontcourt: Tyson Chandler and Tim Duncan vs. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom

    Duncan is one of the most physical post players in the league. Gasol and Odom, as the 2008 NBA Finals showed us, aren't fond of banging inside. Gasol is a long, agile, smart defender, but the negative label he's been branded with of being soft couldn't be more accurate. Odom isn't exactly a slouch defensively and he's put up some good shows at that end of the floor but he's well below average as a defender and neither will stand a chance at stopping the postseason megastar in Duncan. Chandler is not an offensive stud by any means, but playing off Chris Paul, he'll still get his in this match-up.

    Defensively, we have our bases covered. Like with Shawn Marion in the previous series, Chandler has the length and mobility to play Odom inside or out. When Odom ventures outside, he can just give him space, play him for the drive and let him shoot. Odom's a very solid all around player but very inconsistent offensively, especially as a starter. Duncan, arguably the best post defender in the NBA, will have little trouble containing Gasol.

    Edge: Magic

    Small forward: Mike Dunleavy/Andres Nocioni/James Posey vs. Corey Maggette

    Dunleavy and Maggette are both strictly scorers. Neither excels defensively and neither does much else. Maggette is slightly superior from that category but Posey and Nocioni, two tough, hard-nosed defenders would also see substantial playing time here. Defensively, we're already getting much more from our small forwards than the Lakers are from theirs and with Chris Paul creating for the three of them, we would have no trouble totaling or even surpassing the Lakers production here.

    Edge: Even

    Backcourt: Chris Paul and Raja Bell/James Posey vs. Tony Parker/Jordan Farmar and Kobe Bryant/Sasha Vujacic

    Truly an epic battle here. But again, defense is what makes the difference for us. One of Raja Bell or James Posey will be hounding Kobe Bryant at all times. Neither can stop him, no one can, but their combined efforts will definitely keep him out of rhythm for portions of the series and cutting off his playmaking and scoring at times should be enough to make a difference in his impact on the series as a whole. The Lakers can choose to stick him on Paul if they like, but that would be a simply exhausting task on a 30+ year old in an NBA Finals after a long playoffs/regular season. I'm sure he could do it, but it would tremendously influence his impact at the offensive end of the floor.

    Paul will defend Parker. We don't expect him to stop TP, but merely to slow him down on occassions. Paul is just as quick as Parker and a far superior defender. Parker is incredibly fast both laterally and in the open court but he's not a defensive stalwart by any means and CP3 would have little trouble getting his against the likes of TP.

    Edge: Even

    Defense wins championships. The Lakers are ridiculously talented offensively but their defense is sorely lacking. Their frontcourt is soft and the only noteworthy defender in their starting 5 is Kobe and he'll be too busy doing his damage offensively to fret about making the impact he's capable of on the defensive end. Duncan has never lost in the Finals and that wouldn't change here. Magic in 6. Good luck to lakersrock and the Lakers.
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    lakers
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    If you looking at the whole back court there is no way its even as it says in the magic writeup.
    Panic. It crept up my spine like first rising vibes of an acid frenzy. There I was. Alone in Las Vegas, completely twisted on drugs, no cash, no story for the magazine, and on top of everything else, a gigantic god damned hotel bill to deal with.

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    As mad as I am that I lost too the Magic I'm not gonna let that cloud my judgement, they are the best team left and deserve to win this series.

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    Much better defense in the block for the Magic, nice defense on the wings in Bell, Posey. Good production off bench as well as nice complimentary players. They have it all. Duncan and Paul is definitely a legitimate plus for them.

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    Magic. Defense wins championships. They have tough perimeter defenders to throw at Kobe with Raja Bell and James Posey. They have the best post player in the game in Tim Duncan, and arguably the best PG in Chris Paul. They also have that Chris Paul Tyson Chandler alley oop connection. They have shooters in Dunleavy and Bell that can spread the floor. Good luck trying to double team Duncan in this series.
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    DerekRE 3 just get the **** out. i mean no one takes you seriously and i bet im the only one with enough balls in my shorts to tell you to **** off. you're not a good poster. go **** yourself.

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    magic - their defense is killer, and their offense is very good as well

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    Just read the part about how the Lakers are going to put Kobe on Chris Paul. Good luck Kobe, exerting so much energy on defense guarding Paul and then trying to be the go to guy on offense sounds pretty tough.
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    Oh crap..I voted for Lakers. but I over looked Magic have Tim Duncan. and also Paul running the point. Paul feeding Duncan does it for me. so Magic would take this one in 7 games.
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    Lakers.

    Paul is basically a better Parker, so i'm not convinced they could be so good.

    It was tough, but the Kobe factor has made the balance bend.


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    It's clear that both of these teams are pretty evenly matched so I based my vote primarily on both of your writeups, which were damn disappointing.

    Fins08- It is painfully obvious how much your bias as a lakers fan kicked in here...I'm assuming your from miami so maybe you're not a lakers fan at all, but lets be serious you're bench is poop compared to that of the magics. Do you really expect the combo of corey maggette and BONZI WELLS (does he even play anymore) to cover mike dunleavy, andres nocioni and james posey?...theres no way. I'd also take the combo of ely and davis/brown over powell and bonner any day. I think you're underestimating tyson chandler, too. Pau Gasol is a proven softy (look at last years finals) and Chandler has proven to be a beast with CP3.


    And to the manager of the magic, rocketsrule i'm assuming: you're team is also solid, but i think you could have made a better case for some of the matchups. Corey Maggette is a hell of a player but he has proven to be inconsistent and sometimes lacking in heart. I'm also not sure how well he'd fit in next to Kobe taking 25-30 shots a game. You also kind of contradicted youself when you said: Odom isn't exactly a slouch defensively and he's put up some good shows at that end of the floor but he's well below average as a defender. I think you meant to say that he's not bad defensively he's just not the greatest which is definitely true.

    I had to give it to the magic in 7.

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    Magic. TP is NOT better than Paul.

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