I'll just do the top 3 seeds since I don't really consider LAC 'elite'.
Right off the bat, I'll tell you that no team was overly dominant on the road the last 40 games vs playoff teams.
Spurs - 11 games on the road vs playoff teams (4-7 record)
OKC - 10 games on the road vs playoff teams (4-6 record)
Denver - 6 games on the road vs playoff teams (3-3) - Also never thought Denver would go far because I didn't buy into their hype because they were so good at home but I wasn't sold on them on the road.
Lakers - 9 games on the road vs playoff teams (2-7 record)
Unlike those top 3 seeds, the Lakers never showed a consistent ability to win on the road the entire season, it didn't matter if it was playoff or non playoff teams. Our most impressive win in the first half was our victory over the Warriors in OT when we rallied in the fourth.
Don't get me wrong, I was impressed by wins at home vs OKC and Memphis. The road win vs Indiana was nice as well. But down the stretch, I just couldn't label this team as 'elite'. Our record was great and everything but I wanted to see more from this team. We still had issues versus athletic teams and just could not slow them down. That never changed.
Am I going to say that there wasn't potential in in that 28-12 record? Of course not because I thought our style of play towards the end of the season was a lot better and that was a recipe for success. It's just unfortunate that it took Kobe going down for D'Antoni to finally say we are going to pound the ball inside.
We didn't see this team healthy playing the system most suited for this squad. That leaves something desired and that's why I just wasn't sold on them being considered 'elite' despite the record.