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Old 12-12-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default does anyone still believe the Lakers are going to the Finals?

I don't.

They'll probably be a 4th or 5th seed, win the first round, and then get knocked out in the 2nd round by either SAS, OKC, or MEM. Probably in 6 games.

It would be interesting though what Dwight will do after this year. Same thing with Pau. Only Kobe and Nash are beyond 100% sure of staying but Dwight and Pau are question marks for next year.

MEM vs SAS wouldn't be a bad WCF match up at all...
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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I didn't think they were going to Finals even when they first got Nash and Howard, and everyone considered them a lock to make the Finals.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
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Everyone keeps wanting to make the Miami comparison, but in 2011 Miami only had Chicago and Boston to worry about. Those were the only two teams that could've really had better records. This year San Antonio, OKC, the Clippers and Memphis could all be 55+ win teams. If the Lakers get the 5th seed and have to face three of those four on the road... it's just not going to happen for them.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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Default Re: does anyone still believe the Lakers are going to the Finals?

I never really picked a single team as a Western Conference NBA finalist to begin with, but I still think it's much too early to count the Lakers out. In fact, a part of me feels all this naysay will just end up making any eventual L.A. success appear a lot more unbelievable than it really should.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: does anyone still believe the Lakers are going to the Finals?

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I don't.

They'll probably be a 4th or 5th seed, win the first round, and then get knocked out in the 2nd round by either SAS, OKC, or MEM. Probably in 6 games.

It would be interesting though what Dwight will do after this year. Same thing with Pau. Only Kobe and Nash are beyond 100% sure of staying but Dwight and Pau are question marks for next year.

MEM vs SAS wouldn't be a bad WCF match up at all...

A Kobe led team will never be out of contention.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:21 PM   #8
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A Kobe led team will never be out of contention.

A 2004-2005 Kobe led team didn't even make the playoffs.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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A Kobe led team will never be out of contention.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:26 PM   #10
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A 2004-2005 Kobe led team didn't even make the playoffs.

They didn't make the playoffs but the media were still talking about them like they would and make a run for the title.

It just comes with the territory when you are considered the greatest player of all time.

I am not going to mention the teammates he had. I'm sure everyone knows the bums that were on that team.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #11
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A 2004-2005 Kobe led team didn't even make the playoffs.
Care to check how many games Kobe missed due to injury that season?
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #12
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Did anyone think Dallas would win the Finals?

I wouldn't be shocked at all to see LA in the Finals this year...still so much basketball left

they won't be the same team they are now near the end of the year...teams can change quite a bit over one season
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #13
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They didn't make the playoffs but the media were still talking about them like they would and make a run for the title.

It just comes with the territory when you are considered the greatest player of all time.

I am not going to mention the teammates he had. I'm sure everyone knows the bums that were on that team.
Not as bad as Lebrons cavs.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #14
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Not as bad as Lebrons cavs.

in the eastern conference...
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #15
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A Kobe led team with David Stern's support will never be out of contention.

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