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What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:55 pm
 

I was wondering what other posters would say which is the reason why I ask the question. To me honestly, LA is going to win title #6 even though I don't want them to. In any case, what team/teams do you believe can beat the Lakers in a 7 game series? I'm talking just West teams by the way. Not EAST teams! To me....I believe only 3 that has the potential to beat the Lakers. The three I give the best chance in the West is the Thunder. Thunder, I have been outspoken about how high I've been on the team. I believe OKC will be playing LA in the Western Conference Finals. Of course the Spurs with all their experience, home court, ect. This may surprise and it may not, but I believe the Blazers could take it to LA. The team is so under-rated. That trade they made for Wallace was a good one. It was overshadowed by the Melo deal. I liked the trade at the deadline Blazers made. If Roy is healthy, I believe the Blazers could beat the Lakers. Well of course, them are the three I give the best chance to beat LA in a 7 game series -Eastern conference teams. What do you think? 

What (West)team do you believe has the best chance to beat LA in the playoffs this year?

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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:10 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

Every team.
I knew someone was gonna play that card.

Best Bets - Denver, Oklahoma City, San Antonio.
Have a Shot - Portland, Memphi
Probably Not - Dallas
Ahahahahahahah! - New Orleans
I'd put Denver has a shot and put Portland in best bet.


EAST
Best Bets - Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta,
Have a Shot - New York, Indiana, Orlando, Philadelphia
I personally think only two teams in the East can beat the Lakers as the best bets. Miami/Lebron owns LA/Kobe. Of course Boston!

New York don't play good enough defensively. Orlando isn't consistant enough. Philly I don't think they could get it done. Indiana would not be able to cuz LA is too good defensively. Only way is Collison shows up night after night and plays at a higher level than he has played before. Atlanta is too undersized in my opinion which could be an advantage in some cases. Their bigs can hit the medium range jump shot and has speed to get passed LAs bigs, but rebounding would be dominated by LA. No doubt in my mind. Chicago is really a toss up to me. They certainly have a shot, but they are too young which is why I'm picking LA to beat them in the Finals this year.






Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:02 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

Parkerboys,

That scenario is the same for every team. I mean every team is gonna make mistakes through out the game whether it be turnover, coaching, among others.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:59 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

I believe the Blazers can beat the Mavs. Most definately, I believe it. The Mavs are so over-rated it ain't funny. Blazers are under-rated! They got a good team with depth. I want to see LA take on Blazers in the semis. That is my prediction will happen. It would and should be awesome if that were to happen.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:57 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

I like the Thunder as well. I say they are going to the Western Conference Finals to face LA.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:07 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

I like the Blazers. They are so under-rated. I liked the move they made at the deadline. It wasn't really talked about. It was all about Melo during that time. I'm picking Blazers to get past Mavs to face LA.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:53 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

"What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?"

Every team.  The Lakers are Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and depending on which Lakers team shows up, they are very beatable by every team in the playoffs and 29/30 teams in the NBA.  Let's not forget the same team that gave San Antonio a smack-down also lost to the Cavaliers before losing to Cleveland was cool.

"What (West)team do you believe has the best chance to beat LA in the playoffs this year?"

Assuming each team is at full strength:

WEST
Best Bets - Denver, Oklahoma City, San Antonio.
Have a Shot - Portland, Memphi
Probably Not - Dallas
Ahahahahahahah! - New Orleans

EAST
Best Bets - Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta,
Have a Shot - New York, Indiana, Orlando, Philadelphia

Keys to Laker Success
Kobe - Shot selection, setting up others, staying in front of his man on D, avoiding comments about referee sexual orientation
Bynum - Being a force in the paint, passing out of the post, avoiding flagrant 2's, wearing knee braces
Gasol - Making face-up shots, getting foul calls going to the basket, commiting on D switches
Artest - Hitting wide-open 3's (there will be many), playing D w/ energy, playing "tough"
Odom - Hitting the 3, going to the rim, playing w/ energy, being a rebounding machine, playing smart
Phil - Playing the subs one at a time with 4 of the 6 starters (counting Odom), avoid commenting on the CBA
Team - Rebounding like MotherF*****s, keeping turnovers to a minimum, playing D w/ energy




Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:14 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

Blazers are hitting their stride right now, with camby back it will be even better. They matchup the best against LA, and have scorers at every position. When Rudy Fernandez and Brandon Roy are playing off the bench for a team, you know its good. Miller is solid, Wallace was the best addition any team made, Matthews is performing great, Batum is solid, LA is having an MVP type of year, Camby can score and fights for rebounds. 
This team can win the west. 



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:10 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

The only team that can beat the Lakers in the west, is the Lakers. As long as they play up to their abilities, and stay injury free, they will make it to the finals.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:37 am
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

Blazers would be my top pick. They have won in LA multiple times the past few seasons. Only problem is, can they get through Dallas in 7. Every Blazers fan wanted Dallas when I wanted LA, so they got their wish. If it turns in to yet another 1st round exit, then I'll wonder why did they want them so bad. At least if Portland had lost to LA in the 1st round, I would have been more interested in it. I'm hoping for a Blazers/Lakers 2nd round matchup. LA may win, but it could go for awhile.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:27 pm
 

What team/teams can beat the Lakers in the West?

I really like the thunder as the team to take down the lakers.  They match up so well, especially with the added defensive presence of kendrick perkins down low to go against gasol/bynum.  They have the youth and athleticism to be able to defend the perimeter and I think do a number on Kobe Bryant.  The only thing I worry about is Kobe being so good defensively on Kevin Durant that it forces the thunder to come up with another big scoring option, which they might not be able to do.  I think the spurs are getting to old and have too many injuries and I think that mavs are just to inconsistent


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