He just isn’t good enough to beat L.A.
Maybe it’s too early to jump to that conclusion, but there was a major mismatch in the middle during the Mavs’ two losses to the Lakers in March. Center Andrew Bynum, not perennial MVP candidate Kobe Bryant, was the most dominant force in those two games.
“We just wanted to put our stamp on the game and let everybody know that we’re here to win,” Bynum said Thursday night.
Mission accomplished, big fella.
The 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds while hitting 15 of 21 shots from the floor against the Mavericks in March. The 7-foot-1, 235-pound Chandler averaged 5.5 points and eight rebounds.
“He’s a tough player,” Chandler said. “He’s grown a lot. He gets a lot of success in this offense and does a great job of finding his spots. I definitely think we can take him out of it, but you’ve got to be locked in.”
The fact is that the man known as the Mavs’ defensive heart and soul needs a lot of help to handle Bynum, who has been by far the West’s best big man since the All-Star break.