LOS ANGELES If anyone had doubts about the Lakers ability to play dominant, winning basketball in the NBA Playoffs without the suspended Metta Word Peace and with seldom-used players getting more minutes, the question was answered emphatically Sunday afternoon at STAPLES Center.
Yes they do.
Devin Ebanks, starting in World Peace's place and came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds on 5 of 6 shooting, joined by the latest Laker phenomJordan Hillwho had another double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Steve Blake went 3-for-5 from behind the three point arc in the first half, ending up with 10 points and four assists, and Matt Barnes ignored a badly-sprained ankle to grab six rebounds and contribute four steals as third-seeded Los Angeles never trailed in beating the Denver Nuggets 103-88.
The Lakers take a 1-0 lead into Game Two, Tuesday night.
The Big Three of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum predictably led the decimation of the sixth-seeded Nuggets.
Bryantwho had ...