Your avatar is funny MC!
Yup, it is very similar all right. I think LA has become tougher since they went for redemption last year, and faced tough challenges in the playoffs. And the Houston Game 4 and Game 6 and Denver Game 4 were perfect wakeup calls for LA. They will play hard.
Starred. The whole team is tougher, Kobe showed some great Leadership in G6 when Pau got whacked. Kobe is hungry for his 4th ring.
And to those people who said that LA played crappy teams, your being dumb. I mean the Western Conference is so much tougher than the Eastern Conference. All 8 teams in the West playoffs are not to be underestimated. In the East, only 3 are significantly good.
Let's Compare their foes. LA beat a Utah Team with D Will and Boozzy in 5. Although it was quick, Lakers Bench got lazy and blew big 25+ leads and make it a single digit lead. Yes they blew leads a lot, and needed Kobe to play in the 4th to save their butts. Cavs played a injury depleted Detroit Team, with a Lazy A.I and Denver Chicken McNuggets stole their Billups, they are pretty much no different than LA Clippers or Sac Kings. Utah is tougher than Detroit for sure right?
The injury depleted Houston Team has team chemistry since T-mac is gone and is tougher than their record. The Atlanta Hawks,although improved but are overrated.
But in the C Finals I would say, Denver and Cavs/Magic were both tough opponents. I would still rate LAs opponents tougher overall.
BQ: Yes Orlando owned Cleveland in 6 last night. So they are in the finals already.
BQ2: Maybe, since LA loses big Deph to throw at Dwight. But Andrew Bynum could use up his fouls to defend Howard while Gasol does less defending and more scoring. And what makes people think Bynum is not an X factor? He might be. Get Howard in foul trouble, like what happened in Cleveland.
BQ3: Doesn't matter who LA faces. In my opinion both teams are not as defensively tough as last years Boston Celtics. (I hate the Celtics, cause Paul Pierce look gay and dumb) Lakers shall prevail. Also We aren't the best road team for no reason. Also Imo this Laker team has never been beaten when they bring their A game. They only get beaten cause the Good Lakers A game don't show up.For example, Charlotte swept LA. if Bobcats play LA in a 7 game series, who do you pick to win? If the Good Lakers show up, watch out.