120Re: How good are the Lakers?
- May 28, 2001--- In APBR_analysis@y..., Ed Weiland <weiland1029@y...> wrote:
>Ed's points are very good here. I'd been thinking about it myself.
> The Lakers didn't have a historic regular season in
> either W-L record or point differential. But they
> might be on their way to an unprecedented 15-0 sweep
One thing I would add is that the Laker defense was the weakspot
during the regular season. It is also what has improved
significantly in the playoffs. This points to 2 things
1. It emphasizes that defense is what takes effort and that the
Lakers were a bit lazy during the season, knowing that they could
turn it on in the postseason.
2. The best offensive teams are probably better off in the playoffs.
I did a quick study of this (using certain assumptions about whether
teams slack off in the regular season) and posted it at
"They Say Defense Wins Championships"...
For the record, I had the Lakers and the Bucks with the best offense
Journal of Basketball Studies
> through the playoffs. I know there's a lot of
> basketball to be played yet, but whether it's the
> Bucks or the Sixers, the East opponent will not only
> be worn down, they'll also be possibly the worst team
> the Lakers will face during their run. A four game
> sweep in the finals is not only a possibility, it
> seems downright likely. Especially if 15-0 (or
> tree-fo-fo-fo as Moses Malone might put it) is a
> possibility going in. You know the Lakers are thinking
> about it now and will be gunning for it.
> Here are some of the best playoff runs until this
> season that I found:
> '61 Celtics 8-2 11.9 point diff
> '71 Bucks 12-2 14.5
> '82 Lakers 12-2 6.1
> '83 Sixers 12-1 6.5
> '86 Celtics 15-3 10.3
> '87 Lakers 15-3 11.4
> '91 Bulls 15-2 11.8
> '96 Bulls 15-3 10.6
> The '01 Lakers are 10-0/14.1 so far. I don't ever like
> to declare any team the best ever, especially a team
> hasn't even been crowned champions yet and that's not
> what I'm saying here. I will say that IF the Lakers go
> on to run the table in the playoffs, you'd at the very
> least have to call it the most impressive playoff
> performance ever. Considering it's being done against
> possibly the best eight team field one conference has
> ever sent into the playoffs, it's that much more
> amazing. Kind of a bummer, since I was looking forward
> to a more exciting playoffs. At least we might get to
> see history made.
> Ed Weiland
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