It's official. The Los Angeles Lakers have gained the seventh seed in the Western Conference and are set to meet the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Basketball fans, regardless of what team they associate with, should relish this matchup—this pairing is something that we only see in conference semi-final or final matches. To see these two juggernauts go at it this early is a gift from the basketball gods themselves.
But now, the all-elusive question is asked: who will win? A team that, despite its aging roster, continues to produce and silence critics everywhere? Or the team that has endured a roller coaster of a season, complete with high-caliber drama?
The Spurs are hotter than they've been in recent memory. They've seemed to have found the ideal combination of senior leadership and young, hungry talent. The Lakers have gained some serious momentum as of late but have experienced an enormous setback in losing Kobe Bryant due to an injured Achilles tendon.
This is anyone's series, and it can turn out in any way imaginable. This is just one of many scenarios that can take place in the next few days.