Five Keys to the Lakers' Playoff Success

5/20/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

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May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) guards Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) as Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) go for the ball in the first half of game four in the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Lakers have many strengths, but each team can counteract those. There are, however, some things that can be done against any team, still in the playoffs, that would give the Lakers an edge over the competition. These are the top five things the Lakers need to do, in every game, to win the Championship.

1. Feed the Bigs
The Lakers are going to be taller than pretty much every other team they come across. They certainly won't be as athletic or fast, so they need to use their size. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are both 7 ft and Jordan Hill comes in at just under that. Think back to last night, as tough as it may be. When the Lakers got the ball inside the paint, they were up. When they tried to shoot jumpers, like at the end, they lose.

Granted, it's been tough for Bynum recently because he's been double teamed in nearly every game, which is why Pau needs to be more aggressive in the paint. If this happens, the Lakers will be unstoppable.

2. Bench Production
The Lakers bench has been horrible all year. By "horrible" I mean the team has been getting very little production out of them and when they do, it's completely unpredictable. The bench needs to step up. Steve Blake has had some clutch performances in the post-season, but he's also had some not-so-great games.

Recently, within the last two games, Ramon Sessions has completely stepped up to be the point guard we knew he could. He's driving to the basket, making shots and creating them for his teammates. Unfortunately, it took him awhile to get to this place. While he isn't a bench player, he certainly helps the bench out when he's in the game, particularly when Blake comes in for Kobe.
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