One Question Still Lingers For Lakers: Can They Beat the Cavs?

March 31st, 2010 by Chad Ridgeway Leave a reply »
It's hard to complain about a team that will be the No. 1 seed in a very competitive Western Conference for the third season in a row. Especially one favored to make its third straight NBA Finals appearance.

However, the purple and gold streamers and fresh veneer of a championship trophy mask an uneasy feeling in Lakers Nation. Although this squad is proven, one question still lingers:

Can the Lakers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers?

This whole season has been a timesink because this Lakers team can prove nothing in the regular season. Every win is expected, and every loss is a disappointment. It's been a mundane six months that the fans and the team are both tired of.

Last season, the Lakers and their fans had a chip on their shoulders the size of Santa Monica Pier.

The humiliating loss to the Celtics the season prior left the Lakers bruised and toughened, punctuating their season of redemption with multiple key victories like breaking the Cavs home winning streak, and finally winning in Boston on the second of a back-to-back.

They peaked in the Finals, where the Magic learned that if you give a focused team the ...

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