If there is one team in the West that matches up very well with the Lakers, it’s the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mike Conley is as quick as Ramon Sessions, Tony Allen is a great defender who can hinder Bryant’s opportunities on offense, Rudy Gay is an athletic scorer who can match up well with World Peace and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph dominate the post similar to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
As of April 11th, the Lakers possess the No. 3 seed in the West and the Grizzlies possess the No. 5 seed.
However, it’s possible that between now and the end of the regular season, the playoff seedings will change, which means the Lakers may have to face the Grizzlies in the first round.
Surely, the Grizzlies will be the Lakers toughest opponent because they can do so many of the same things, but with better bench production.
Although the Lakers have won two out of three of their meetings with Memphis, the Grizzlies now have their full starting five intact because Randolph is now healthy.
If the Lakers meet the Grizzlies in the playoffs, disaster may ensue: The Lakers may not fulfill their ultimate goal of winning a title.