Let the record reveal that MDA hit this one on the nose ... he thought it would take 45 wins and require the team to go 20-8 following the All-Star break. Well that's exactly what it took...
Looking back, I think the critical thing was not getting buried during that stretch of 12 of 18 games on the road from Feb 24 to end of March. They ended up going 11-7 in that stretch when they had previously been a terrible road team to that point. Turned out to be just enough.
SA are still pretty good and very well coached. If Tony Parker has his act together, the Lakers are in trouble. If he keeps having 1-10 games when Pop pulls him in the 4th, the Lakers have a good chance.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.