Lakers News, Rumors, and Recap: What to Expect in the Coming Week

The Lakers successfully won the first two games of the playoffs in Round 1 with a solid showing from the starting line up and the bench. Even without Metta World Peace, we have come out super strong.

According to Daniel Buerge here at Lakers Nation, there rests the question as to whether or not the team will need World Peace in the second round. Remember, his suspension is for seven games, not for a round of the playoffs. This means, if the Lakers win in four, World Peace would still be sitting out games in the second round, against even stronger opponents. Losing the next two games against a weaker Nuggets team to ultimately win the series in six is better than falling behind 0-1 or 0-2 in the next round.

My opinion? Daniel seems to be onto something. I have love for the Nuggets because of my former Bruin co-star playing, Arron Afflalo, but my Lakers love runs even deeper. And I have to say, the Nuggets have under-whelmed me these past two games.

For those of you wondering what World Peace has to say about his future in these playoff games, he will be appearing on the Conan O’Brien Show this coming Monday. It will be his first interview after his suspension for elbowing James Harden of the Thunder.

The Lakers continue on to play Denver this Friday. I would love to see a seven-game playoff series, but I honestly think it will end in five with the Lakers losing one on the road.

After these past two games, what is your prediction?

Game 3: Fri May 4, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Sun. May 6, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Tue. May 8, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. May 10, L.A. Lakers at Denver, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. May 12, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT

Lakers Nation News

What Lakers Should Do Concering World Peace

Metta World Peace on Conan O’Brien

Jason Kidd Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

Lakers Reflect on the First Two Games, Look Ahead to Denver

Show Your Coworkers How Much You Love Kobe

It’s the Playoffs…. Do You Have Enough Lakers Gear??

Lakers News

Five Things to Watch as the Series Shifts to Denver [Silver Screen and Roll]

You Need a Superstar or Two to Win a Championship [SB Nation]

Lakers Tweets [OC Register]

The Breakdown: Keeping Afflalo from Kobe [Forum Blue and Gold]

Lakers 2, Denver 0: What’s Next? [OC Register]

Nothing the Lakers Can Do Now Will Matter Later [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers vs Nuggets Preview [Denver Stiffs]

Fast Break Thoughts [Forum Blue and Gold]

NBA News

Chris Bosh Meets His New Baby [SB Nation]

Mayo, Grizzlies Get Back on Their Grind []

NBA Mock Draft [CBS Sports]

The Last Time the Nicks Won a Playoff Game, Gas was $1.70 [ESPN]

Lebron James, Kentucky, and the AAU Revolution [SB Nation]

Dwyane Wade, Lebron James Alley-Oop Circus Act [Eye on Basketball]

Video: Did Shortened Season Hurt Derrick Rose? [Yahoo Sports]

West Doing Well for Pacers a Year After Torn ACL []

Rajon Rondo Making an R&B Albumn [SLAM Online]

The Pheonix Suns May Let Steve Nash Walk [Yahoo Sports]

Adjust on Russell Westbrook or Cross Fingers? [ESPN]

USA Basketball: Men’s Roster for 2012 Olympics [SB Nation]

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