After some tumultuous stretches, the Lakers are playing their best ball of the season, maybe during the past two years. Now all cylinders are firing as they drive toward another championship, but Sacramento will prove a formidable foe in the conference semis. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs this season in which all the marquee players (Kobe, Shaq, C-Webb) are healthy. This has all the makings of a great series.
Once the Lakers get into the Triangle, look for them to isolate Shaq (34) in the post. In this set, he receives a pass from Horace Grant (54).
Grant and Derek Fisher (2) cut away to give Shaq room, who is covered 1-on-1 by Vlade Divac (21).
The Kings may try to double Shaq (34): here Chris Webber (4) leaves Grant (54) and helps Divac (21).
Grant (54) screens a rotating Doug Christie (13), and Shaq spots and open Kobe (8) for three.