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The goal in LA is to win a championship. In the eyes of a few, they're already the favorites. If that's the case, how dominant will they be in the playoffs?
Let's examine the reasons why this is a possibility.
The Lakers' core is formed of three proven champions in World Peace, Gasol and Bryant. They also have two hungry All-Stars who have come close, but were never able to win a ring. Experience and hunger are there, and as fans have seen from former championship teams, those factors are always clear motivators in winning playoff games.
Let's examine the current greatest playoff run in NBA history. In 2001, the Lakers went 15-1 en route to their second straight championship. The key to their success what that they got hot at the right time. That team ended up winning their final eight games of the regular season and rode that momentum into the playoffs.
The 2013 roster could potentially have a similar situation.
In their final eight games, the Lakers will only play a single game outside of Staples Center. With the exception of San Antonio, most of those games are likely winnable. If LA can win the vast majority of those games, they will have all of the momentum they'll need going into the playoffs.
The first two rounds should be relatively simple as most teams in the West lack the talent and the deep playoff experience needed to win. Their toughest tasks will be in the Conference and NBA finals.
OKC and Miami will be the possible roadblocks against the Lakers. But consider this: Last year, the Lakers could have easily been up 3-1 against the Thunder and LA also beat the Heat decisively in one of their encounters last year. Don't forget that last season, the Lakers didn't have the talent, the resources or the revitalizing verve that this 2013 squad will surely have.
It's all possible.