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NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Semifinals Preview

Published by on May 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

LA Lakers (1) vs. Houston Rockets (5)

Houston surprised me in their first round series. In Game One, the Rockets blew Portland out and really set the tone.

The Rockets' role players had an excellent series as well. Von Wafer was a surprising handful and Aaron Brooks was filling the void that Tracy McGrady left. With Ron Artest playing solid D, and Yao Ming's offensive presence, I think Houston has a shot at beating the Lakers. 

Kobe and Co. were never really challenged by Utah in the first round. Andrew Bynum hasn't been as much of an addition to this team in the playoffs as I originally thought he'd be. This is why I look to Bynum to become kind of an x-factor in this series. 

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