PHOENIX (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers fans were chanting "Bring on Boston" before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was over, and they picked up the volume near the finish of Game 2.
There are, however, at least two games to be played — both in Phoenix — before what so many see as a foregone conclusion, a third straight trip to the NBA finals for Kobe & Co.
Pau Gasol says his team, up 2-0 in the series, understands it will be hard to match the pace and energy of the Suns in Game 3 Sunday night, but he adds the Lakers just have play up to their capabilities.
Los Angeles brings an eight-game winning streak to Phoenix, where the Suns hope playing at home will help them slow down the defending NBA champions. Nothing else has worked.