We have an advantage against him that most teams don’t. In Dwight, we have a center at 7’ who has quick feet enough and is strong enough to single cover Jokic. Single covering him is key because 4 vs 4 takes away his open cutter to pass to, much more so than 4 vs 3 does. He resorts to shooting and we win this series.
As for Murray, I’m sure Rondo has a plan for him figured out already. He’ll have high scoring games but would have to score 50 in every game for them to win this series and against our length and quickness on defense it won’t happen.
Dwight’s goal should be to make everything difficult for the Joker, not to shut him down. Make him work hard by moving your feet on defense and post him up on the other end. No cheap fouls! With AD as rotating help, the Joker will face as tough an opposing big man duo as there is.
Porter Jr is for real. Box him out thoroughly on defensive rebounds and chase him off the three point line. Give him no space. Post him up down low on the other end!
They have no answer for LBJ nor AD. We may have no answer for Murray but I think we got the Joker in single coverage. Kuz vs Porter is fairly even.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Caruso gives Murray a hard fought series. Post him up, AC!!! Back him down like Shaq, make him work all game every game, both ends.
EDIT: Prediction: Lakers in 5.
PG: VanVleet, Caruso, Bradley
SG: James, Green, THT
SF: Kuzma, Bertans, Caroline
PF: Davis, Kostas, Cacok
C: McGee, Howard, Kostas
Go huge: PG James | SG Kuz | SF Davis | PF Kostas | C Howard