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Do the Lakers need to have the best record to win the championship?


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#1 Flobe24

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 11:45 AM

I know it's still early to talk finals, but with the Celtics, the Cavs, and the Lakers on pace to win 60 plus games how important is having the best record to winning it all?
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Posted December 19, 2008 - 11:49 AM

Very important. Homecourt advantage is BIG in the playoffs. We should know..

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 11:51 AM

Yea I want to open up the NBA finals in Los Angeles.

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:07 PM

They need to have the best record to have home court advantage, which gives you the best chance to win the championship.

So - yes.

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:16 PM

Does anyone know how many times the team with the best record has or hasn't won the championship? I can think back to the Mavs having top seed in the Western Conference and losing to the Warriors. Our top two players, Kobe and Pau, have logged a lot of minutes over the last season and the Olympics. We should play every game to win, but should we monitor there minutes?
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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:17 PM

Did the New York Football Giants/

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:24 PM

Football does not equal basketball at all.

Considering the Superbowl is at a pre-determined site, it has nothing to do with regular season record.

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:32 PM

They need to have the best record to have home court advantage, which gives you the best chance to win the championship.

So - yes.

Agree. I don't want to start out in Boston again...

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:34 PM

It would be nice to win it all in Boston though...

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 12:41 PM

Boston only loss 1 game at home in the playoffs last year, so that extra home game is huge if we were to get a rematch.

Edited by popo, December 19, 2008 - 01:16 PM.

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#11 LD2k

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:04 PM

No one beat Boston at home in the playoffs last year, so that extra home game is huge if we were to get a rematch.

Pistons beat Boston at home in G2 of the ECF's:

http://www.nba.com/g...S/gameinfo.html

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:05 PM

No one beat Boston at home in the playoffs last year, so that extra home game is huge if we were to get a rematch.

Good point. I remember all the mystique of playing at the Garden and how hard it was to beat the Celtics at home. More than ever every game counts to secure that home court.
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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:15 PM

Pistons beat Boston at home in G2 of the ECF's:

http://www.nba.com/g...S/gameinfo.html


Okay i'll edit it to 1 loss.
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#14 LD2k

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:21 PM

Okay i'll edit it to 1 loss.

But your point is valid non the less. I want to have more home games than Boston gets to have - that simple.

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:22 PM

They don't need to have the best record. They could still have home-court with unexpected eliminations, say celts lose to hawks in playoffs...best record eliminated, and Lakers have 2nd best.

Anyway, champions are champions because of playoffs, not regular season. Home-court is only an advantage for some arenas. Champions overcome all disadvantages

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:24 PM

They don't need to have the best record. They could still have home-court with unexpected eliminations, say celts lose to hawks in playoffs...best record eliminated, and Lakers have 2nd best.

Anyway, champions are champions because of playoffs, not regular season. Home-court is only an advantage for some arenas. Champions overcome all disadvantages

True, but you are banking on them getting outted. I want Boston, I want home court, and I want the first jab.

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:51 PM

Kinda sucks that we're gonna finish the sweep in either Boston or Cleveland, though. :( I wanted to celebrate on the home floor...

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:54 PM

Kinda sucks that we're gonna finish the sweep in either Boston or Cleveland, though. :( I wanted to celebrate on the home floor...

Yea sweeeping up the floor

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 01:54 PM

It would be a very very very nice luxury to have.

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Posted December 19, 2008 - 02:16 PM

Of course it is an advantage, but they need to be the best team in the NBA going into the NBA Finals, period. If they are playing better than their opponent, then they need the home court advantage. I would rather see the Lakers playing their best ball and be 100% healthy than perhaps risking that by going all out for the best record in the NBA. In 2004, we had the home court advantage against the Pistons, yet they "swept" us in 5 games. To me it's not the home court advantage that beats you, it's the other team. If the assumption is that the home court team should hold serve, then we would have seen more 7 games series in NBA History. Here's a list through 2005. In 61 years, 16 series have gone 7 games, or about 26.2%. http://www.insidehoo...s-history.shtml While I personally do not like the 2-3-2 format for obvious reasons, it's not an excuse to lose. If this talented Lakers team is playing at its best come the NBA Finals, it should be able to win in Boston, Cleveland or wherever.

Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, December 19, 2008 - 02:18 PM.





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