NBA Playoffs 2011: Why the West Needs to Fear L.A. Lakers X-Factor, Andrew Bynum

Ouch! The L.A. Lakers’ are on an atrocious and untimely five game losing streak with the playoffs just around the corner, and their grip on the second seed is loosening substantially by the minute. 

The sky seems to be falling down on Tinsel Town with just two games left in the regular season.

Next at bat are the San Antonio Spurs and on deck are the Sacramento Kings, and both are capable of beating the fumbling, bumbling Lakers—the Spurs will play them hard like it’s game seven of the championship final and the Kings will play them as if they’ve got nothing to lose.

Gasp! Their current horrendous losing streak has completely overshadowed the incredible string of wins the Lakers soldiered through during the month of March that almost landed them the No. 1 seed.

Sigh! And the Miami Heat just kicked the hell out of the Boston Celtics’ collective butts and despite Chicago’s success as the No. 1 seed, Miami is on a momentum run with only three losses in their last 16 games. 

The Heat are fulfilling their end of the bargain as they forge a blazing path toward the Heat-Or-Three-Peat’s 2010-11 NBA climax.

But will the Lakers bring their three-peat bid to the NBA finals?

The answer to that question is “yes” because simply put, the answer is Andrew Bynum.

Andrew Bynum is a throwback to the Jurassic period of the 80’s and 90’s when T-Rex like monsters, including Hakeem the Dream and Patrick Ewing, roamed the NBA hardwood floor with earth shattering thuds at every step. 

These mighty beasts are all but extinct in today’s game, as Shaquille O’Neal has lost his edge and other than Bynum, only Dwight Howard has that killer combination of size, strength and both offensive and defensive dominance. 

After Howard, however, the pickings are very slim and include young bloo...

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