Celtics vs. Lakers 2011: Lakers Will Turn It On When It Matters

February 16th, 2011 by Mike R Leave a reply »
The most overused term thus far in 2011 by ESPN? Panic meter. It's February in the marathon that is the 82 game National Basketball Association regular season.

I'm a Boston Celtics fan, but are the fears and worries expressed on ESPN and other channels legitimate for the Los Angeles Lakers? Is Kobe Bryant injured? The answer to both questions is no.

The Lakers are two-time defending champions of the NBA. In the last two seasons, the Lakers have brought home the championship against the self-proclaimed Superman of the paint—Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic—and followed it up with a seven game series victory over the veteran (and injury-prone) Boston Celtics.

Both years going into it the Lakers were overlooked—the first year was the chance the Celtics could repeat, and then Superman hype for the Finals.

Last year was the quest for "a ring for the King" with Shaq and LeBron.

This year, the theme seems to be the Lakers are content with two in a row, the San Antonio Spurs are tough, and Miami (despite having three of the best players in the league together) can't beat Boston.

When it comes down ...

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