Series Story: The Lakers moved on while Chris Paul once again showed everyone how good he is at basketball.
How We Will Remember This Series: As Chris Paul’s return to being the best point guard in the NBA, because some people kind of forgot that he was Chris Paul seeing as he hasn’t been in the playoffs for awhile.
Honorable Mention: Kobe’s ankle injury, because no one is really buying that.
Series MVP (Hornets): Aaron Gray. Just kidding.
Series MVP (Lakers): Andrew Bynum. While Gasol and Kobe get all of the hype Andrew Bynum is quietly becoming the Lakers most important player. His size frees up Gasol and Odom to play their finesse game and his defense and rebounding gave the Hornets a problem they just couldn’t solve. Kobe may not agree with it, but Andrew Bynum is the Lakers most important player in this years playoff run.
Unsung Hero: Emeka Okafor. I usually give this to a player on the winning team, but Okafor quietly had himself a solid series. Other than getting dunked on by Old Kobe, Emeka quietly proved that he has a role as a tough power forward for years to come.
Honorable Mentions: Carl Landry, Trevor Ariza, Aaron Gray, every Hornets player not named Chris Paul.
What We Learned About the Lakers: Quick point guards are the Lakers kryptonite. We saw this last year with Russell Westbrook in the First Round and we saw it again this year, Derek Fisher just can’t be trusted to stay in front of the new, young, fast point guards. The Lakers catch a break with the Mavericks next round, but if they get that matchup with the Thunder in the Conference Finals they will need a plan on how to deal with Westbrook.
Hornets Silver Lining: This series might just have been enough to keep Chris Paul in New Orleans.
Best Game: Game One. When you start a series with an upset of the defending champions at home, you can’t beat that.
Turning Point: Can’t really think of one. The Lakers simply were the better team.