Los Angeles Lakers: No Three-Peat

August 1st, 2010 by Joseph Edmondson Leave a reply »
Enjoy the celebration, Ron, you'll be home next June.

That's right, Laker Nation, your team will not win next year's NBA Finals.

"That's what they said last year," you'll say.

"Yeah, and the year before that, too," your friend will proclaim.

"And we could've won against Boston the year before that," another fan will say with absolute conviction.

True, the Lakers are the two-time defending NBA champions. It's also true that they could have won against the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals, Pau Gasol's first season with the club. Had they pulled out the home victory in Game Four, they could have sent the series back to Boston with a 3-2 lead. They didn't, of course, but the rest is history.

With this past season's Finals concluded, the loss to the Celtics has been avenged. Kobe and company even got their revenge against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals after being eliminated in the first round for two straight years.

The Lakers enjoyed a renaissance in the Playoffs after finishing the regular season's last two months barely above .500 with a 12-10 record. In April, L.A.'s 3-4 reco ...

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