NBA Playoffs 2011: What the Los Angeles Lakers Must Do to Complete Three-Peat

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NBA Playoffs 2011: What the Los Angeles Lakers Must Do to Complete Three-Peat
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Kobe Bryant's Lakers Look Vulnerable

By now, everyone knows that teams coached by Phil Jackson have never lost a playoff series after winning Game 1.

But before the Dallas Mavericks and their fans start getting giddy, that doesn't mean that a loss in Game 1 will yield Big D a Big W.

The Lakers have been here before, and after their Big 3 of Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant each made costly errors that enabled the Mavericks to steal Game 1 on Monday night, the questions continue to abound.

At this point, we don't know whether or not the Lakers will emerge victorious in their joust with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, but what we do know, is that if they are to beat Big D en route to winning their 18th NBA Championship, a few things will have to go right.

7 things, to be exact.

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