Lakers Had to Win, Right?
It really did seem inevitable, didn’t it?
Oh yeah. I was steadfast in my belief that the Lakers would win the NBA title. Oh that blip after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals was another person. Wasn’t me. I was possessed by TJ Simers!
In all seriousness, watching the Magic steadfastly break apart the Cleveland Cavaliers while the Lakers were at that time having problems with the Denver Nuggets was cause for concern. The match up problems the Magic posed for the Lakers just seemed too much. Andrew Bynum couldn’t guard Dwight Howard - look at what Howard did to Bynum in the two regular season games.
But in the end the Lakers found that gear and gave it to the Magic winning the series 4-1. And there’s a lot of significance in that.