Pau Gasol is hot early and Andrew Bynum looks engaged (fancy that!). But on the other end, the Nuggets’ starting backcourt, Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo, are scorching L.A. Through eight minutes, Lawson has hit four out of five shots for nine early points. (He shot 13-18 in Denver’s Game 6 win.) Afflalo is 2-2, and has smoked Kobe Bryant off of the bounce in the halfcourt twice. (Kobe will still be named to the All-Defensive team next week. Book it.)
If the Lakers lose with all of this happening, will Pau and Bynum say mean things about Kobe and Ramon Sessions?