SI Vault
 
LOOKING AHEAD ...
Ian Thomsen
April 18, 2011
The championship race has never had more title-worthy teams. Here are the questions they'll be answering over the next two months:
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
April 18, 2011

Looking Ahead ...

View CoverRead All Articles
1 2

The threepeat-seeking Lakers have never entered the postseason looking more formidable: In '09 they were coming off their blowout Finals' Game 6 loss to the Celtics, and one year ago they were vulnerable because of Kobe Bryant's lingering knee problems. Now, they are healthy and the second unit is especially deep and versatile with Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes. No one can compete with the size and skill of their front line, and no finisher is more ruthless than Bryant (especially as he seeks a sixth title, to equal Michael Jordan's haul). This most entertaining year will conclude with the Lakers beating Boston to win their 17th title, at long last equaling the record held by the Celtics.

1 2