How Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers Exposed the Phoenix Suns

It would be in very poor taste to gloat about the Los Angeles Lakers dominant performance in Game One of their Western Conference Finals series with the Phoenix Suns, especially since it's only one game.

But, I will take a moment to point out a few observations from the Lakers' 128-107 victory, and I promise to do it in the most objective manner that is possible.

Before the series began I penned a couple of articles which dealt with the reasons I felt the Lakers would prevail against the Suns, and I was summarily accosted for the shallowness of my opinion.

The bare essence of my theory revolved around an assumption that the Lakers were simply a better team than the Suns, and after witnessing Game One's debacle, I am hesitant to divert from my stance.

The premise of my conclusion was rationalized as that of another Los Angeles homer by various people who chose to comment on my articles, but the ideas may not be as outrageous as perceived.

My main argument centered around the Suns' newfound defense, and Los Angeles' 128 points on 58 percent shooting from the field renders any further discussion about this myth as comical.

The Lakers were able to score at will, and they did it by relentlessly assaulting the rim with their cadre of talented and versatile post players.

There was a general consensus which determined the Lakers would dominate the paint against the Suns, but Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol made it look much easier than it should have been.

Gasol scored 21 points on 10-13 shooting while adding four rebounds and five assists, but Odom's numbers were more impressive than that. 

Odom scored 19 points and pulled down 19 rebounds while assuming the role of the hardest player to defend on the Lakers' roster due to his length and versatility.

I may have mentioned Odom would be a terror to defend for anyone on Phoenix's roster, bu...

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