Lakers Examiner: What a difference two weeks makes. On Saturday, April 24, the Los Angeles Lakers were embarrassed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-89 in game four of their first round playoff series.
The ensuing banter was apocalyptic: “The Lakers are done!” “They just don’t have the heart!” “Kobe’s not himself, he doesn’t have it anymore!”
Fast forward to last night, May 10, when the Lakers dominated the Utah Jazz, 111-96, to complete the second round sweep and solidify their sixth straight victory. The Lakers clicked on all cylinders against the Jazz (Ron Artest bombing threes…and actually making them for a change), using their size and length advantage to its fullest.
The ensuing banter has shifted dramatically: “The Lakers are just more talented than anyone else!” “Kobe’s got the magic back…best player in the league!” “I don’t see anyone who can beat this team!”
Don’t get me wrong, I had some of those same thoughts while watching the Lakers’ nearly flawless performance against the Jazz, and the word “sweep” even came into my mind when I thought about the upcoming series with the Phoenix Suns.
But then I put down the Kool-Aid and snapped out of it. If you asked any Laker fan who they would NOT want to see in the Western Conference Finals, it was probably the San Antonio Spurs. Something about that team, a veteran, well-coached machine with winning playoff experience, just gives the Lakers a hard time.