The Los Angeles Lakers have their eyes set on yet another deep run in the postseason during the 2012 NBA Playoffs. They will first need to get past their opening round opponent the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers coasted to easy victories in the first two games of the series but lost the first game in Denver on Friday.
The Lakers still have a 2-1 lead in the series and are overwhelming favorites to take the series, but they certainly can't afford to get lax or underestimate their much hungrier -- and much more desperate -- opponents. The "Big Three" of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum will all need to contribute, not just on Sunday, but for the duration of the postseason. There is no room for error for the 2012 Lakers squad, particularly with much larger threats looming in the conference in the form of the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and, yes, even the Los Angeles Clippers.
Game 4 will happen on Sunday and will once again take place in Denver. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on TNT.
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