After a passive
Game 1 ( Bryant took only 10 shots through the first three periods in L.A.'s
107--102 loss), there is virtually no chance Bryant doesn't come out firing in
the rest of the series. No one checks Bryant one-on-one; the Suns' plan is to
simply have Bell play Bryant aggressively and make him shoot outside.
an underrated offensive player, and he can wear Kobe out a little at that end.
Kobe's a good defender, but he'll give up a little bit if someone runs
VINCE CARTER, New Jersey vs. STEPHEN JACKSON, Indiana
This looks like a
mismatch, but it's the Pacers forward, not the high-flying, free-firing Carter,
who played a key role in a Finals ('03, with the Spurs). Carter had 31 points
in Game 1 but took 33 shots, while Jackson had 18 on 8-for-15 shooting.
" Jackson can get spacey, but he's a terrific competitor. New Jersey needs
Carter to score, but when he's forcing everything and other players feel
uninvolved, they're very vulnerable."