Posted by Royce Young
Sunday night at Staples. It's almost, well, pardon me for this, a staple in the NBA.
Hornets versus Lakers is pretty much big because it's Chris Paul versus Kobe Bryant and you don't really need another reason to pay attention. Plus, remember how good that series what last postseason? CP3 relishes the opportunity to make statements about his place among superstars and against the Lakers is where you do that.
The Hornets though would be in a bit of a state of transition though. David West may or may not have been with them and without him, Paul and the Hornets would totally be handicapped with no chance. Well that's not true at all. Because if you recall, West didn't play during that playoff series last April and the Hornets darn near pulled that off.
But you can't deny that New Orleans would be missing a weapon like West. Against Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, the Hornets would need all the inside help they could get.
New Laker head coach Mike Brown is known for his defensive wizardry and while there's not a ton to gameplan for against the Hornets (basically it's, "See No. 3? Guard him with everyone) but Brown would certainly be tested to a degree. Chris Paul makes any team a tough cover because he can pass players open. When New Orleans starts hitting shots, they can become a fairly explosive offensive club.
All that stuff aside, it just comes down to CP3 against Kobe. In our dreams this game would be tight in the fourth quarter with Paul and Kobe exchanging possessions. They operate and dominate games in such opposite ways which is what makes this game such a joy. Kobe has the ball in his hands looking to create his own. CP3 has it looking to create for someone else.
And that video I put at the top? We'd see some of that too. Chris Paul loves to get the Laker big men to switch onto him and then he goes to work putting them in the spin cycle. That's what you want to see at the end of your lazy Sunday.