LA Lakers: Why Kobe Bryant and Co. Don’t Need Home Court Advantage To Three-Peat

Despite their loss in Miami last night (thanks in part to some very questionable officiating in the last two minutes), the Lakers are playing their best basketball of the season.  

Of course, it should come as no surprise that the Lakers are peaking at the right time, because that is what championship teams do.  

And as we all know, the Lakers are a championship team.  A team seeking to make their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, something that hasn't happened in the NBA since the Boston Celtics made four straight appearances between 1984 and 1987.  

With only 16 games left in the regular season, the Lakers aren't going to catch the San Antonio Spurs for the No.1 seed in the West, and most likely won't catch the Celtics either, potentially setting up back-to-back playoff series on the road.  

The last time the Lakers were the road team in a playoff series?  The 2008 NBA Finals vs the Celtics.  So with that in mind, let's take a look at why this year's Laker team doesn't need the home court advantage to win the title.     

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