DALLAS _ By all accounts, the Dallas Mavericks probably won’t be running a lot of zone defense in their upcoming playoff series against the Los Angles Lakers.
With the Lakers sporting star-power in the names of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest, it’s a huge decision for the Mavs to decide which player to double-team. Thus, coach Rick Carlisle has decided to play it close to the vest.
At least for now.
“We had success in the last series (against Portland) because we were able to guard our positions,’’ Carlisle said. “We did very little if any double-teams.
“This series might be a little different because of the magnitude of some of their star players. But as much as possible, we need to guard our positions and take that challenge. That’s the big key to success in playoff basketball.’’
Because the Lakers have so many players who can knock down open jump shots, Carlisle believes the best defense is to just play them one-on-one. Too many double-teams, he figures, turns into a high-risk game of chance.
"When you have to start running around committing two (defenders) to the ball, now you’re turning the other team loose for three’s, cuts to the basket and offensive rebounds,’’ Carlisle said. “And that’s something we don’t want to get into.
“They have a lot of playmakers. (Kobe), Odom and Artest is a playmaker, and then their big guys get freed up on the boards. The extra possessions is something we have to limit. we were able to do it against Portland. It’ll e a bigger challenge in this series.’’
-- Dwain Price
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