It has been an interesting season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They kicked off the offseason by trading for Chris Paul, shooting them up the power rankings of the league.
Of course, NBA commissioner David Stern had other ideas, and rendered that trade kaput.
The Lakers then got pushed back to the pack, and the subsequent trade of Lamar Odom for essentially a bucket of cash further cut into their postseason prospects.
But a funny thing happened along the way to basketball obscurity.
The Lakers kept winning, and after a midseason deal for Ramon Sessions, they finally have an athletic point guard to help on both sides of the ball.
Heading into their presumed second-round matchup against Oklahoma City, the Lakers have plenty of reasons for optimism.
Here are eight reasons why they will not only beat Oklahoma City, but they will sweep the Thunder.