New Orleans was without injured David West and all of the ESPN analysts predicted the Lakers would win in four or five games.
Well, someone forgot to tell the Hornets they were supposed to roll over.
Chris Paul came ready to play and led his team to a stunning victory in Game 1, proving to all the doubters that they would not go down easily.
The Hornets pushed the Lakers to six games, but didn’t have enough talent and size to match up with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers’ big men.
Although the Hornets fell short, they exposed some flaws in the defending champs.
Here are six of them.