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Old 05-17-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

Oklahoma City Thunder took LA to 6, the Utah Jazz didn't even show up and let LA win in 4, and the Phoenix Suns are currently getting smoked in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Which team would have been the biggest obstacle for LA to overcome to reach the NBA Finals? Towards the end of the year, Dallas and Denver, who were thought to be the greatest threats stumbled and never got into their groove.

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Old 05-17-2010, 11:27 PM   #2
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Denver
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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OKC
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:29 PM   #4
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Denver
make that a healthy denver with a healthy coach too.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:30 PM   #5
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

Dallas had the size to battle the Lakers...Odom would have gave the Mavs a hard time but besides him the Mavs match up well with the Lakers.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:31 PM   #6
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

If only Dallas woulda gotten 5th seed. They woulda beaten Nuggets for sure and play the lakers
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

Dallas

Denver could only beat Portland in the Playoffs this year.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:32 PM   #8
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Probably Dallas
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:32 PM   #9
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

its not like phoenix is anywhere near done. they might give LA a good fight in the end. I give them a -5% chance of winning though.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:35 PM   #10
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

The west is overrated.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:49 PM   #11
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

Yup, Denver. Healthy Portland.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:54 PM   #12
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They would have had to play the Lakers..
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:58 PM   #13
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Default Re: Who in the West would have been the greatest challenge to the Lakers?

Denver, Dallas, OKC and Portland in that order...
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:03 AM   #14
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Healthy Denver, OKC and a visible Dallas team.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:07 AM   #15
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kings, wolves, grizz and spurs in that order.
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