Lakers #1 - So much for the idea that the loss of Bynum would sink their title hopes. With Lamar Odom playing very unlike Lamar Odom (i.e. consistently productive), the Lakers swept through the East, delivering messages to the Celtics and Cavaliers to end their 6-0 trip. In the first four games without Bynum, Odom averaged 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds and shot 52.9 percent.
Lakers #1 - The wins in Boston and Cleveland were especially impressive for two reasons. They came on the end of a six-game road trip, when teams are usually tired. And Kobe didn't have to play great in either game. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, the softies in last year's Finals, made the difference by outplaying the big men for the Celtics and Cavs.
Lakers #1 - What a week for the Lakers. They completed season sweeps against their two most likely opponents in June (if they get there themselves) and finished their road trip 6-0. And getting a big game from Lamar Odom in Cleveland could have long-term benefits. Oh yeah, that Bryant guy scored a lot of points in New York on Monday.
Lakers #1 - If the past seven days say anything, it's that this team is better than last season's Lakers -- even if Bynum can't come back -- because of Pau and Ariza ... and if the Odom we saw in Boston and Cleveland sticks around.
Lakers #1 - No arguments about the top spot here, the Lakers secure it this month with a sweep of both the Celtics and Cavs. (1)
Lakers #1 - Pick for MVP, Kobe
Lakers #1 - Despite playing without Andrew Bynum for almost the entire journey, the Lakers go 6-0 on a season-defining road trip. Kobe Bryant scored 61 in New York, Pau Gasol is Western Conference Player of the Week, Lamar Odom slapped Kevin Garnett's rear (literally) and Vladimir Radmanovic is a Bobcat.