The Lakers should be raring to go.
Unfortunately, chronic injuries to Kobe, Drew Bynum’s yearly leg injury, Sasha’s severely sprained ankle, and a beat-up Jordan Farmar, combined with a first-round face-off with the young, powerful, up-and-coming OC Thunder, makes the entire playoff season look like a major undertaking. Geting through the Thunder will be no easy task, and it will only get more difficult facing the rest of the best in the powerful West (Poetry at no extra cost.).
Also, defending the likes of Kevin Durant in the playoffs is the job that the Lakers had in mind when they signed ron artest. He never had a melt-down during the regular season, but the pressure of the playoffs could mean a return to form for the masked psycho.
On another injury note, the injury to Brandon Roy plus the Sun’s hot finish likely will mean the Lakers avoiding a matchup with their Portland nemesis.