Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/20/13
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The promises, speculation and worry are finally over, which sets up another set of obstacles for the Lakers and Spurs to overcome. The 2013 NBA Playoffs have arrived and the slate is clean for the No. 2 and No. 7 seeded teams in the Western Conferences especially in Los Angeles but the pressure has been ratcheted up to ear-splitting volume. San Antonio has been a lock to make the playoffs since the beginning of the season, while the Lakers everybodys chic preseason choice to waltz to the Finals had to go down to the wire to just ensure postseason participation. The Lakers wont have their best player and team leader sorry, no Kobe Bryant return from the hospital bed miracles this time but theyll still put two future Hall of Famers on the floor every night in Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. If Steve Nash can overcome his ailments, make that three. If that isnt enough to at least make it a great series with a great team, then the Lakers simply just dont belong...
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