Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher Will Dominate Spurs in Conference Finals

Joe WillettSenior Writer IMay 20, 2008

The Eastern Conference was set earlier this week, and Game 1 for them is tonight between the Celtics and Pistons.

Yesterday, the Western Conference Finals were set, and it turns out that the San Antonio Spurs will be facing the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Spurs will be looking to continue their run for back-to-back Championships and to continue the world's quietest dynasty.

The Lakers are going to look to help create a nostalgic Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals series, and need to trounce on the Spurs to do so.

Here are the reasons why both of these teams could make their way on to the NBA Championships.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are lead by Kobe Bryant, who won his first MVP Award this season and has been one of the most dominant players in the NBA over the last decade.

He was part of the Laker's three-peat from 2000-02, and he looks to add his fourth Championship to his resume.

They also have Pau Gasol as the dominant inside player that has been missing since Shaq left.

Derek Fisher has found his shot this season and is having one of the best years in Laker purple and gold ever.

They also have the Bench Mob (featuring Vladimir Radmonovic, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, and Ronny Turiaf) who always have Kobe's back, even though they aren't in the spot light.

But is the newfound success going to be able to catapult them into the history books?

San Antonio Spurs

The NBA's quiet dynasty has snuck into the Western Conference Finals and are vying for a spot in yet another NBA Championship series.

Tim Duncan is still a beast in the middle, and is one of the best power forwards in the NBA.

They also have the NBA 6th Man of the Year in Manu Ginobli (who isn't really a 6th man). He can create as many fouls as he needs to as well as scoring consistently.

Tony Parker seemed to be the only answer to Chris Paul in the Hornets series, as the two went back and forth in a battle of the point guards. Parker won, and the Spurs took the series.

Parker looks to continue his dominance in the Western Conference Finals.

But can they take down the energized Lakers?

My Prediction

The Lakers take it in 6.

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Derek Fisher will dominate the series and the Spurs just won't be able to keep up.

I'm Joe W.