Lakers outclassed us last night. They have us figured out defensively, staying out and crowding shooters. DA's been great and putting up numbers, but the Lakers seem fine with it. I don't want to take anything away from him, but the stats are somewhat empty in this case. He's not hurting them, not getting their bigs in foul trouble, not opening things up for the perimeter.
Paul's a detriment at this point and needs to sit so we can gameplan around the other guards. This "warrior" bullshit is just pride and ego and costing us. Monty needs to man up and tell him he's sitting. Foster and the refs aren't the reason we lost.
Our wings - this is the worst case scenario where none of them can create offense and are bricking shots. I thought Mikal and maybe Cam Johnson could work more off the dribble or get some designed plays run to create something to get them going, but nope.
The Playoffs are about matchups and the Lakers are probably the worst matchup for us. They're not your typical 7 Seed - they're not the Grizzlies, Blazers, Spurs or some lower tier playoff team that we as a 2 seed should really be seeing. If LBJ and AD play most of the season, the Lakers are a 2-3 seed. That's not an excuse, it's reality and the reason we should've at least tried to strategically avoid them early in the playoffs. Instead, we did everything "right", played and competed in all the games while the Lakers cruised and now we're the ones looking like a 7 seed. if we were going to see a team like the Lakers, it shouldn't have been in the 1st round. But some people are playing checkers while others are playing chess.
Best thing is, now we get to hear the experts and even some Suns fans crow about how we were never really that great, were just a regular season team, Book isn't a superstar, the team and roster is flawed and these games exposed us. That's fine and some of it's true, but I would've rather had us beat up on the Mavs or Blazers and win a playoff series before hearing all that.