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Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  38 responses

Can the Lakers Maintain Top Spot in the West?

According to Phil Jackson, the Lakers’ upcoming road trip will determine if the team finishes atop the Western Conference: “The Lakers (50-18) have clinched a playoff spot, but their lead in the West was only four games over the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets and six over the fourth-place Utah Jazz going into Thursday. The Lakers have 14 games remaining in the regular season, including home contests tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sunday against the Washington Wizards. Eight of their final 12 games are on the road. ‘As we go down this stretch, we want to gain momentum,’ Jackson said. ‘I think I’ve been saying that for a while. – I think this road trip will make or break whether we sit on top of our conference or not. We have go out and win some games.’ The Lakers travel to San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston, New Orleans and Atlanta to finish March. Of the five teams, only Houston and New Orleans are out of a playoff position. San Antonio and Oklahoma City are possible first-round opponents.”

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  • Michael Scorn

    I think until LeBron wins the championship, he should be called “King of the East James”

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    Shouldn’t be a problem for them. Question is can they play with some consistency come playoff time and make another run. Dallas, Denver and OKC are going to give some teams fits this year.

  • Proudly Rwandan

    They will play with a sense of urgency when their position is threatened by denver and dallas. They will maintain the top spot.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    You hope they play with a sense of urgency we’ve been waiting for them to turn into the 96 bulls all year haha

  • http://slamonline.com MooButter

    I think the dream match up everyone is again hoping for is Cleveland-LA. How dissappointing will it be if the roles are reversed and Clevaland gets there and LA doesn’t? Let down 2 years in a row…

  • Earl

    Of course they will.

  • LA Huey

    Smart money says they finish 1st in the West.

  • Rob

    They’ll do it.

    @Michael Scorn I think until the Cavs defeat Orlando in the East finals he should be called King-to-be James.

  • roman

    Lakers will continue their run and remain the #1 spot on the west. Come playoff time, they increase the intensity.

    As far as Lebron, not sure why they are crowning him King. Hasnt won anything yet.

  • WOODY

    As all you haters know, Lebron got the King nickname in high school when he WAS the #1 player in the country. It has nothing to do with his pro career, and is only used today by haters and critics. It’s like attacking him because LeBron is not really The Bron. Find something current to attack.

  • kobesbestfriend

    who cares if they r #1 or not?it’ll be a cake walk 2 the finals for the lake show!with stern,the refs,and the best player on the planet on our side we cant possibly lose

  • vtrobot

    laker-hater saying that yes, they will end up #1 in the west. LA/OKC could be a great series. i hope the NBA doesn’t get their wet dream of CLE/LA and gets BOS/DEN or DAL instead.

  • Jose

    Cleveland vs. Denver?

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Its Denver and Orlando in the finals. I dont get why everyone is determined to have the dream Lakers Cavs finals matchup.

  • Joey E.

    Can they maintain the top spot? How about can the Nuggets or Mavs catch them because the Lakers pretty much have it locked up

  • LA Huey

    @WOODY, that stuff falls on deaf ears. Dude at my gym takes the same shots. He’s still calling him “LeBronze”…Funny how nicknames like “King” are disputed but nobody ever gripes about how Kobe isn’t really a venomous snake, Karl didn’t work a mail route, Earvin wasn’t really a magician, Jordan wasn’t an comprised of gaseous elements, Chris Andersen is neither an attorney at-law or superhero etc…

  • kennyrocks

    @LA Huey hahahaha funniest thing ive ever heard on this site

  • Michael Scorn

    @LA Huey- The problem with “King” as opposed to all the other nicknames is that the other names don’t imply that one is better than everyone. I know LeBron is not any kind of royalty or ruler of any country.

  • JP

    Yes Lebron is the King….. of travelingland where you can make how many steps you want without been called by the refs.

    The NBA where superstar treatment hapens.

  • Michael Scorn

    @JP- OK stop. I have seen LeBron dribble the ball a couple times before. It was his rookie year. Don’t act like he never dribbles.

  • Rob

    He crabdribbles

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Haha nice Harvey Birdman reference, LA.

  • Michael Scorn

    He USED to crab dribble, until the league took it way. Now he just doesn’t dribble at all.

  • The Wize

    It’s King James because he changed the game we hold sacred like King James changed The Bible, the first English version has many differences from the Greek and Latin version before it. I never liked him because he didn’t listen to the song and he believed the hype! Lebronze is the best nickname yet. Still, they’re both better than all those terrible nicknames that were just initials (DMiles) a few years back. I think my fave right now is the SLAM-made ATLien, we ain’t Club Nouveau…

  • JP

    did you see Lakers Wolves last night ? Andrew Bynum didn’t get the same treatment than Lebron and was called for traveling during a breakaway. That’s the thing that bother me, inconsistency by the refs. Lebron do the exact same thing every single game and he’s never called for traveling it’s a shame.

  • Michael Scorn

    @JP- It’s hard to blow the whistle when your jaw is on the floor. All NBA personel are in awe when in his presence.

  • carljohnson92

    I want Orlando in the Finals again, seeing as my Celtics are as good as finished :( I don’t care what you people say, there is no way Dallas or Denver is beating the Lakers in a series.

  • Shem

    Lamar Odom said that the Lakers are a dynasty like the Bulls that will win SEVERAL championships in a row. I don’t see anyone matching up length wise when andrew bynum is playing well.. he’s their x-factor

  • Michael Scorn

    The Lakers are just as much of a dynasty as LeBron is a king.

  • the nerve

    Man the lakers proved they can do it without Shaq and they was the best at one time so they can do it again .

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Dark Horse vote says DALMAV – ORLANDO FINAL and Dirk for finals MVP!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I thought Bynum was their X-Factor last year?

  • Justin

    Yes, the Lakers proved SIX YEARS LATER with a completely different team outside of Kobe and Fisher that they can do it without Shaq. There sure are a lot of dynasties out there if you only have to win it one time in a row.

  • JoeMaMa

    Kobe, Ron-Ron, Lamar, Pau, Andrew. That’s a lonngggggggg line up.
    And remember: no one wins games like Kobe. He could steal 2 in a series and the rest of the team will help him win two more. You just have to go with the Champs here.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com/ ClutchPerformer

    Co-Sign Justin
    @the nerve, big deal one time after years of losing and shaq winning his own title in process, thats showing him
    @ Shem. Lamar has proved himself to be an idiot time and time again, from his marriage to his comments calling other players punks and then backtracking, i dont know why anyone takes what he says for any value.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Lakers will get dropped on their butts in the first round by the Spurs!

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    It will be hard for anybody to catch the Lakers but w/o Bynum there is an opening. The Mavs (despite last night) are greatly improved sense after the break and if Den can maintain play they’ve got a legit shot. The Spurs will be dangerous in the playoffs now that it seems like Jefferson is starting to play as he was expeced to when he was aquired. I still have to favor the Lakers to win the west but it will be a much tougher time for them this year than last, even more so if Bynum isn’t ready.

  • the nerve

    yo kobe ain’t stopping until both of his hands are fulled up with rings

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