NBA Playoffs: Lakers, Suns Western Conference Final Preview

May 17th, 2010 by Chase Yutzy Leave a reply »
The Lakers are heavily favored to dominate this series from the get-go.

After ridding themselves of the Thunder in round one, and then cruising by Utah in round two, the Phoenix Suns are the last to stand in L.A.'s way of a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

It won't be easy for the Lakers.

The Suns are hungry. They have never won a championship title in their 42 years in the NBA. Never. Not once.

In 1976 and 1993, Phoenix made it to the NBA Finals but were sent home in six games.

The Suns have more to lose in this series, but they certainly do not have the attitude that they are just happy to be here.  

They want to win.

The Lakers have been here before. Bryant and L.A. thrive under this atmosphere. Kobe has four titles under his belt, while Phil Jackson has 10.

Phoenix is peaking at this point in the playoffs. In round two, Phoenix was able to man-handle the Spurs, who had upset the Mavs in round one. They've won six straight games.

But so have the Lakers. They are playing at a high level as well.

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