The Los Angeles Lakers now have the league's most road wins this season after trampling the San Antonio Spurs just days ago. Most analysts and sports shows had all but forgotten about the Lake Show until their most recent road win, but now it seems as if everyone is starting to remember what is most important when it comes to professional basketball.
Winning, on the road that is.
As the regular season winds down, the only thing that really matters is who can put it together away from home. It matters for those with home court, as they will need to put lesser teams away quickly to stay rested come playoff time. It matters equally to those without home court, as the balance of power can easily be shifted in a series by getting a huge road win to start things off.
First thing's first: If you haven't been winning on the road in the regular season, it's not going to start when the pressure comes. In the playoffs, the game becomes much more half-court oriented, and every possession matters more than it did before. On the road, teams are not able to make the same mistakes as they can at home, and each turnover could very well be their last.
The teams that are great, and not good, are the ones who manage to dig deep within themselves. They have the experience, leadership and talent to take their show on the road. There are several contenders for the championship trophy this year, but some of them are much more likely to win on the road than others.
The following is an examination of each of the championship hopefuls, and how good of a chance they have at winning where it matters the most, out on the road.