Well, that does it. Just when you thought we were reverting to 2008, when the Eastern Conference showed the heft of the West’s longtime depth, this week goes and shows that the Lakers are going to ensure that the West is back on top. In the span of four days, L.A. beat the Celtics in Boston and the Cavaliers in Cleveland, sweeping the Celtics and handing the Cavs their first home loss of the season.
Add to that Boston’s loss to the other Western Conference finalist a year ago, San Antonio, and it’s clear that the West is both stronger and deeper than the East just a year after Boston’s renaissance threw that conclusion into doubt. It’s almost as if the absence of young center Andrew Bynum was just what the Lakers needed, again, to propel Kobe and his crew to outright dominance.