The principle brilliance of the Triangle Offense lies in the number of potential options it produces for it practitioners. Every momentary stand by the defense triggers several different offensive counters, which is why it’s so difficult to defend.  It’s like Whack-a-Mole as basketball.  And it’s particularly tough now that the Lakers are fielding a guy at each position who can execute each of those options.  Every notable player on the Lakers’ roster can pass the ball, put it on the floor, shoot it from some reasonable distance – Bynum notwithstanding -- and every guy has the wherewithal to know where he’s most useful on the floor at any given moment.  Sure, Vladimir Radmanovic has the occasional outage – and his moments are always brilliantly spectacular in their visual absurdity – but he generally understands space.  Everyone else is fluent.  

So how do you beat them?  

The best option is physical brutality.  The Lakers generally appear least comfortable in their offense when their opponents are banging them around as they move from spot to spot. When that happens, they settle for contested jumpers.  Defensively, they’re long, but not great physical defenders – particularly in the post.   Both Baron Davis and Cuttino Mobley understand how to apply physicality as a defensive tactic against a team like the Lakers.  Kaman has really improved in this capacity.  His first couple of years out of Central Michigan, Chris would still occasionally get a little intimidated in the paint.  Now, he takes getting beat on the block much more personally, which you can see in his defense.  The others are variable.   In this regard, slotting Brian Skinner in for Marcus Camby could make a lot of sense.  It compromises the Clippers offensively and potentially creates trouble for Kaman, but it would allow the Clips to establish themselves physically against one of the better finesse teams in recent memory.