Lakers Do What They Are Supposed to Do: Fan Reaction The Los Angeles Lakers finally finished off the Denver Nuggets. Should we be excited? Does this represent a major achievement by the storied franchise? Frankly, I don't think so. This is a team that the Lakers were supposed to beat, and some would say that they should have dominated. However, the series went to seven games and I would say that even the seventh game could have gone either way. Lakers back Brown after Magic's prediction The Lakers issued a statement publicly backing Mike Brown on Saturday after Magic Johnson declared the first-year head coach would be fired if Los Angeles lost Game 7 of its first-round playoff series with Denver. Lakers 96, Nuggets 87 LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers weren't about to let their season end in utter disappointment again. Lakers vs. Thunder: How they match up It's the veteran and playoff-tested Lakers taking on young and athletic Oklahoma City, which has much to prove. Oklahoma City hasn't been to the NBA Finals but has plenty of time to get there with its youthful roster of size, speed and Kevin Durant. Lakers hold off Nuggets, advance to second round LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers still have a long way to go to be NBA champions again, but they did prove Saturday night they still have pride and toughness. Lakers oust Nuggets, Celtics hold off 76ers (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Lakers finally put away the Denver Nuggets while the Boston Celtics got their series with the Philadelphia 76ers off to a nervous but successful start on Saturday. The Lakers, behind a big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, eliminated the Nuggets by winning the decisive Game Seven of their Western Conference first-round series 96-87. Boston had a tougher time. The ... Lakers Back Mike Brown After Magic Johnson's Prediction The Los Angeles Lakers issued a statement supporting Mike Brown, their first-year head coach, after Magic Johnson said Brown would be fired if the Lakers lost to Denver on Saturday. Not much time for Lakers to rest The Lakers are moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs, although they don't have much time to prepare for it. Lakers have known 7th heaven . . . and its opposite The Lakers were 15-8 in playoff Game 7s before facing Denver in a winner-take-all first-round series decider Saturday night. But some of those eight losses rank among the most painful in team history. The Lakers know Game 7s, whether painful or prolific. Ready or not, Lakers set for series with motivated Thunder Less than two days after beating Denver, the Lakers play Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder hasn't played since sweeping Dallas on May 5. Less than two days after beating Denver, the Lakers play Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder hasn't played since sweeping Dallas on May 5.
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