I keep hearing from the pundits that the Lakers are too big and long. Well, who cares. Frye is long. Amare is big. I find the statement meaningless. Yet, they must mean something. After all if “big and long” have meaning it should be there in the stats.
Below are the playoff stats for the Lakers and the Suns front line by games
Unfortunately, there it is staring me in the face. The gap. The Lakers’s bigs are getting 38, 31 rebounds and 6 assist points per game. The Suns are getting 33 points, 18 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.The gap is all in favor of the Lakers. Bynum at 285 has 40 pounds to 60 pounds on our bigs.They have two 7 footers to our none.
(OK. We have Lopez, and that would make a difference but does anyone believe a player can come back off injury and a two month layoff and play at a playoff level. A bit of a stretch. If we can make it stretch to 7 and Lopez plays in every game, perhaps in game 6-7, he could be in playoff shape.)
Teams which win in the paint usually win playoff games. So these points and rebounds in the paint are very convincing for why the Lakers Bigs are “big and long”. (VS Frye which are mostly threes)
The Lakers have more minutes in these stats, but they likely will in our series too. But..
We present a lot of problems for them has well. Speed, shooting from the three, depth. Just ask the Spurs!