Sports World Gears Up For Lakers-Mavs Series

The (2) Los Angeles Lakers will play the (3) Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Here is the complete schedule of the series. [LakersNation]

Forum Blue and Gold: Darius Soriano “With the Lakers starting their second round series against the Mavericks on Monday, we start our series preview today. In our first installment, we look at the Lakers’ offense versus the Mavericks’ defense.”

Yahoo! Sports: Brian Mahoney: “Season series: Lakers, 2-1. The Lakers won the final two meetings, clinching the season series and earning the tiebreaker that gave them home-court advantage in this matchup with a 110-82 victory at Staples Center on March 31.”

Sports Illustrated: Brian Hendrickson: “If we’ve learned one thing from the first round, it’s that perceptions can change quickly in the postseason. When the regular season ended, Portland was expected to hand Dallas another letdown, and Los Angeles seemed to be losing its edge.”

Lakers.com: Mike Trudell: “Phil Jackson’s message on the white board of L.A.’s visiting locker room in New Orleans after the team’s dominant 98-80 Game 6 victory wasn’t full of superlatives for the team’s ninth straight playoff series victory, but rather a reminder of what’s yet to be accomplished.”

Los Angeles Times: Mike Bresnahan: “It’s hard to create a rivalry when there isn’t one. But sometime over the next two weeks, be it from the words of Mark Cuban and Phil Jackson or the actions of Kobe Bryant, maybe something will be sparked between the Lakersand Dallas Mavericks.”

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