Los Angeles Lakers: Don't Be Fooled, the Lakers Will Make a Repeat

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IApril 9, 2010

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In the month of March the Los Angeles Lakers went on a minor slump, being defeated by Miami, Charlotte, Orlando, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and Atlanta.

During that span they compiled their most losses this season during a one-month period, moreover they lost three straight games for the first time in two years.

LA managed to average just 92.5 PPG during those six loses, relinquishing 102.6 PPG.

In addition, every shooting statistic was down by a minimum of four percentage points.

So freakin what?

I have seen articles, forums, ESPN TV shows, even ESPN analysts talk about how the Lakers month of March is a reason for a level of concern.

They discuss how the teams health issues and lack of depth could possibly hold the defending champions back from winning another title.

They continue to poke at the fact that a true point-guard is needed for the team to win games.

Blah, blah, blah.

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We are talking about arguably one of the best starting five lineups ever, for god's sake.

The Lakers have been one of the most consistent teams all season long, ranking ninth in the league in scoring, second in rebounding, and ninth in steals.

Much kudos go to the addition of forward and one of the most underrated stars in the league in Ron Artest. Artest has provided this team with his extreme lock-down defending ability, matching up against the LeBrons and Wades of the NBA.

Along with Artest is another super underrated forward in Lamar Odom who has the talent to do everything and anything on the court.

What NBA team has four defensive-minded stars on their squad aside from the Lakers?

With a healthy Andrew Bynum (who is most likely to remain seated for the remainder of the season at this point) and the leagues most complete 7'0" athlete aside from Dirk Nowitzki (D-Howard is listed at 6'11") the Lakers are without a doubt the strongest team in the Western Conference.

Not one team in the West has the capability to sustain with the Los Angeles Lakers for seven games—that goes for the Eastern Conference as well.

Yes, the Cavaliers do indeed have the best overall record in the league and a squad that is strictly built to prevent LeBron James from departing during the upcoming offseason.

But is that enough to stop the defending champions?

The Cavaliers will first have to face up against their worst nightmare one way or the other during the playoffs and even if they find a way to beat Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, does the team have the experience to walk away with their first trophy ever?

The Lakers did suffer a weak month of March, but don't be fooled they will make a repeat.

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