We can say "Lakers in six or less" was a typographical error, and our NBA writer actually said:
"So what if the local Legends in Their Own Mind played a great game, on their home floor, against what remained of the Rockets?
"These Nuggets are the real deal. Their top end can't match that of the Lakers, but the Lakers haven't been at their top end, with both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol playing well, since ... since ...
"Actually, the Lakers have never been at their top end.
"The closest they ever came was Andrew's breakout stretch in January, in which he averaged 26 points, 14 rebounds and 3.2 blocks, and Pau averaged 15-6-1.
"It lasted five games before Andrew got hurt. It hasn't been approached since, and now is beginning to look like the imagined end of an endless quest, like the Holy Grail.
"In the here and now, I expect this Lakers-Nuggets series to go seven games, if not longer, and I have no idea who'll win.
"The Times regrets the error."
Now that we have a more rounded perspective, meaning no matter what happens, I can say I predicted it, let's reassess this series.
Actually, there's all the difference in the world between projecting what will happen, and seeing what happens when the teams meet.
Not that what will happen in Game 1 will recur ... the Lakers hope ... except for the last 6:48 when they outscored the Nuggets, 23-14, to win, 105-103.
As victories go, this was more like a cannonball aimed right between their eyes, which they managed to duck.
This was particularly good timing with the Lakers already under fire for being "unprofessional," with people saying they "virtually capitulated" in Game 4 in Houston.
And that was just from the Lakers, themselves.
The first quote was from Phil Jackson, the second from Kobe Bryant.
If they hadn't stolen Game 1, they would now be ground zero in a nationwide maelstrom, questioning their hearts, courage, moral character, etc.
All this still remains possible. If they don't want to burn in Media Hell, they'll need more than Kobe Bryant going for 40 points and guarding every Nuggets threat this side of David Thompson and Dan Issel.
Remember the Lakers' inside game?
If you see it, please call the Lakers, c/o Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
As anticipated, they were taller than the Nuggets but never actually experienced a "height advantage."
The 7-foot Bynum hit two quick jumpers over 6-9 Kenyon Martin, who proceeded to make 15 points worth of mid-range floaters, putting Andrew in foul trouble and limiting him to 16 minutes.
Jackson now says Bynum has to be "a big guy that makes them feel small," as opposed to being Wile E. Coyote, watching the Roadrunner zip around him.
Of course, the Lakers are a work in progress -- and behind schedule.