Found March 04, 2013 on HoopStuff:
  The Los Angeles Lakers may not be a team of destiny, or champions, or even a playoff team, but do not tell that to them, as they are on a torrid run. Apparently oblivious to the outside world, the Lakers have finally started playing the way they should have all year. They are now at .500, 30-30 and only 2.5 games back of the Houston Rockets for the final playoff spot. Here is a prediction that they will not only make the playoffs, but make some serious noise when they finally get there. They are finally playing as they should have all along, as Dwight Howard is playing hard, Steve Nash seems to have finally found his place on this team and Kobe Bryant is playing out of his mind. These Lakers may be flawed, but no one wants to play them in a seven game series. Nobody wants to face an angry Kobe Bryant, a healthier Dwight Howard or a rejuvenated Steve Nash. These are not the Lakers of November, December or January, this is a dangerous team, on a mission to prove everyone wrong. They...
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