NBA Playoffs: Who Really Has a Shot at the Title

March 8th, 2010 by Tom Lemmermann Leave a reply »
The NBA season is well over half-way complete, and the main thing on everyone's mind in the Association is the ever-important postseason. The way I see it, there are eight teams with a puncher's chance at the championship.

From the Eastern Conference, there are the Cavaliers, the Magic, the Celtics, and the Hawks. From the West, the Lakers, Nuggets, Mavericks, and Jazz all have at least a sliver of hope.

Apologies to the Suns, Thunder, and Spurs, but this is hardly the best Suns team of the past seven years. It's hard to win when your best post players are Nenad Krstic, Nick Collison, and Serge Ibaka, and I just haven't seen anything special from San Antonio this year. That being said, here are reasons for and against each of the true contenders.


Los Angeles Lakers (46-18)

Starters: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum

They can win, no problem: Perhaps the most impressive stat the Lakers can point to this season is their 4-1 record with Kobe resting his hand, including wins at Utah and at Portland. Any questions about the pressure of defending the title have been emphatically si ...

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