Game 4: The Lakers Showed Their True Colors.

This edition of the Lakers has shown what they’re really made of; no closeouts on Dallas’ three-point shooters, and no defensive intensity led to their record-setting 36-point defeat.  Additionally, I don’t think Odom’s and Bynum’s behavior are reflective of the Lakers organization, but it sums up what’s been going on with the Lakers all season.    
In the above table, a strong defending NBA champ is defined as one that is a 1 or 2 seed in the playoffs.  Dallas’ win over the Lakers today puts them in position to reach the NBA Finals.  Since 1981, there have been 9 “strong” defending NBA champs beaten in the playoffs the next season, and they lost their final game by an average margin of 9.9 points.

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