Much has been made of the Lakers adjustment to move Kobe onto Russell Westbrook. And even more has been made about what Scott Brooks should do as a response. Will he alter the starting five? Will he change the rotation. J.G., playing the part of Phil Jackson, and me, playing the part of Scott Brooks, look into what might happen in Game 6.
Coach Scotty: You made (or Kobe made, depending on who you read) a great adjustment in Game 5 moving Kobe over on Russ. It totally disrupted the flow of our offense and limited our transition opportunities. I guess if I’m going to combat that, I’ve got to turn the tables and put the mismatch back in our favor. So that would be by exposing Derek Fisher again. It’s a risk, but maybe that means James Harden gets extended minutes over Thabo. KD can guard Kobe (or heck, Harden could), but now Fisher is covering Harden. Or maybe we go big and have KD at the two-guard and Green at the three. Now Fish is covering a big guy. Either way, we’ve got to focus our attack on the 59-year-old point guard LA is trotting out there. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT ZEN MASTER?
Phil: *puffs victory cigar*
Oh, excuse me, I was just reminiscing about all of my millions and how I have a championship ring for every digit on my hands, anyhoo, I can understand why you would want to turn the tables and use the BLATANT mismatch that is Derek Fisher in this series by matching him up against a bigger shooting guard like James Harden or moving KD to the two and Green at the three, but Scotty boy, we both know you’re not going to change your starting lineup this far into the game. You’re going to live by the utterly mismatched and underperforming starting lineup “horse” that got you here. Keep Reading…