LOS ANGELES, CA -- The San Antonio Spurs-LA Lakers rivalry has
been on hiatus since 2004 for one simple reason: The Lakers haven't
been very good.
They are now.
So the NBA's dominant teams of the past decade meet again, with
the winner taking a giant step toward another possible
Game one of the Western Conference finals is tomorrow night at
the Staples Center, where the Lakers are 6-0 in the postseason and
winners of 12 straight overall.
The teams have combined to win seven of the last nine
championships, with the Spurs prevailing in 1999, 2003, 2005 and
2007 and the Lakers doing so from 2000-02.
The Lakers have a 7-3 record against the Spurs in the
postseason, including 3-0 in the conference finals. They last met
at this stage of the playoffs seven years ago, with the Lakers
sweeping the Spurs on their way to a best-ever 15-1 postseason