I'd like to see the Lakers get the 2nd or 3rd seed. 3rd is definitely achievable, 2nd depends on if the Spurs can keep their position relative to the pack. But the best thing about 2nd or 3rd seed is this: they get to avoid OKC until the WCF. At this point, everyone aside from OKC is beatable in the playoffs, but every bit of HCA they can get will help.
About OKC, we'd have to see the current improvement carry into the rest of the season. MWP is absolutely critical as he's the one who'll be guarding Durant, Gallinari, Gay, Butler, etc. We are pretty sure what we can expect from Bynum, Gasol and Kobe, but the team desperately needs MWP as Artest to maintain what he did against the Heat.
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