Carl Landry seems to play his best basketball against the L.A. Lakers. After battling the Lakers in a 7 game series with Houston two years ago, Carl finds himself in a similar situation with the Hornets this postseason. Here is more from Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and

"I'm in the same shoes I was two years ago: Aaron Brooks, Scola, we were all sophomores in the league, sophomore and juniors," Landry said Sunday.

There aren't exact parallels but here are some similarities. The Rockets lost Yao Ming in that series against the Lakers, and the Hornets have been without former All-Star David West, who suffered a season-ending knee injury March 24 that required surgery.

"I've been here and done that before," Landry said. "We took the Lakers to seven games. That definitely gives me confidence and I was telling my teammates about the situation I was in two years ago.",0,6092661.story

In four regular season games against the Lakers, Landry averages 3 more points and 2 more rebounds than his regular average of 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. In Sunday's win over L.A., Landry finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Why do the Lakers bring out the best in Carl? I don't know, but I hope it continues.