NBA First Quarter Report: The Lakers and the Best of the Rest

December 16th, 2009 by Dan Smith Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers are right on track. They kept Lamar Odom and upgraded from Trevor Ariza to Ron Artest in the offseason. Meanwhile,  Kobe Bryant is still the leader of this team on the court and Phil Jackson is pushing all of the right buttons as the coach.

Andrew Bynum has not been hurt yet, but Kobe does have a broken finger. And while the Lakers have not played a lot of road games yet, there are only a few negatives so far in what has been a dominant first quarter of the season.

Only the Lakers can stop the Lakers this season.

The Nuggets, Suns, and Mavericks round out the top four in the West. The Spurs have struggled with their rotation and are the eighth place team, a half game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant.

The intrigue in the West might be in who plays the Lakers in the first round, as once again, the Lakers are the team to beat in the West.

It looks like they will play the Boston Celtics in the NBA's dream scenario. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen are still productive and the Celtics have youth in Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins. Glenn Davis will be a big addition when ...

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