We have had a great playoff run to get to the finals. Now we must regain the momentum that we have been able to generate in the first three rounds and apply in this last round against the Lakers. It si important that each player remembers what got us here i.e. teamwork, wolfpacking, vision, excellent execution of our game mind. Don't be duped by the press they like to divide and conquer - there is a German word used in phil/psch ideas-it gestalt; meaning "the whole is different / other then the sum of its parts" Bulls!
Defensively we must get this team out of their offensive half court sets. They try to get opponents lulled to sleep, threatened at the post, and then rotate the ball and get good shot opportunities. We must use our ability to pressure the ball upcourt, get it out of Magic's hands and deny, and make other people make decisions. For us to do this we must use quick pressure to Johnson, immediat retreat defensive transition to Scott and Worthy, and backcourt doubles from our late bounder. If we are caught in the mid-court without pressure and cross-matched we must find a way to run-jump or before halfcourt. If caught in thier sets we will rotate to some players sometimes, i.e. Johnson and Worthy, and demand good post-up D. on other players Perkins and Dvacs.
Offensively, the Lakers rush back to vitually a 1-2-2 zone and cover out.They are relaively equal in height so they can switch on crosses. We expect they will double on screen rolls and rotate and they belive in doubling on yhe post and rotating. They have an umbrella defensive idea-stay tall and pack it in-prevent penetration. It reminds us of Cleveland.
You can score early if we rush the ball and find our shooters before they cover out and when they come out we can post quickly. We believe your triangle offense will confuse them, but you must run good cuts and screen well, and read their defense.