Lakers – Heat: Pregame

There are three things upon which the Lakers need to focus in order to exact revenge on a Heat team that beat L.A. on Dec. 19 in Miami when Kobe Bryant’s game-tying shot rimmed out:

1) Do a better job of handling the Heat’s post defense, which aggressively and effectively fronted – and disturbed – Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in Miami.
2) Exploit Miami’s “blitz” defense in which they pop out quickly to double-team on the screen and roll.
3) Keep the Heat, and Dwyane Wade in particular, off the free throw line.

To talk about those focal points and more, we sat down next to assistant coach Frank Hamblen after Sunday’s shootaround: