Monday, December 15, 2008

Mismatches turn in Lakers' favor

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune

Kevin McHale's draft-night swap of O.J. Mayo for Kevin Love in an eight-player deal was predicated on the notion that skilled 7-footers are few and far between in the NBA these days.

The Los Angeles Lakers, and Sunday night, are exceptions.

The Lakers present two of those aberrations -- Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol -- in their starting lineup and thus, the Lakers' 98-86 victory at Staples Center featured the kind of mismatches McHale once dismissed and now bases his coaching philosophies around.



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