Why the Lakers are up 3-0 on the Jazz

The Lakers are on the brink of returning to the Western Conference Finals although not for the same reasons. Don’t get me wrong, Kobe Bryant is still THE reason why the Lakers are a series away from the finals but LA does not overly rely on him to win games anymore. Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and of course Derek Fisher are taking on bigger roles and taking loads off Kobe’s shoulders.

NBA Playoff Previews – Western Conference

Tough match-up for the Lakers. Oklahoma City’s talented young core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green will wreck havoc on the Lakers’ currently confused defense. There are two things intriguing about this series: Kobe Bryant, the Lakers best player, can be slowed down by the Thunders best defender, Thabo Sefolosha.

What’s the key to the Thunder’s sudden resurgence?

The Thunder will make their first playoff appearance in its young existence. Oklahoma City is currently the sixth seed in the west but are locked in a three-way battle with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.