EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers will have to pick on somebody their own size to make it to another Western Conference finals.

For all of Kobe Bryant’s brilliance, the Lakers’ back-to-back title runs were built on the defensive dominance and offensive mismatches created by their two 7-footers, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Few teams can match Los Angeles’ sheer size, and even fewer can overcome it in the paint.

But here come the Dallas Mavericks, whose roster is stacked with three talented 7-footers: Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood and superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

The Lakers won’t control the game from the inside out in this meeting of two perennial playoff teams that somehow haven’t run into each other in the postseason since 1988.

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Comments (7)
  1. Jack says:

    Dallas is a joke.who wrote this article?? Lakers also have some guys named Kobe & Lamar

  2. Crazy Irish says:

    Can’t wait to see Cubans face when the Zen Master slaps him in the face and makes him his woman one more time on the way out. Cuban is an A hole!

  3. Lou says:

    how can the lakers pay Luke walton 7 million a year to be a bench warming cheerleader waving a towel, he makes more money than the oldest cheerleader on the planet:Nancy Pelosi.

  4. pmoore says:

    Dallas is a sissy team

  5. lisa soto says:

    i would like to wish the lakers the best in this series. Go Lakers.

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