Can Lakers pass ultimate road test?

Lakers can prove their championship readiness by closing out the Nuggets on the road

Updated: May 29, 2009, 5:55 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

If the NBA playoffs are a learning experience, then road closeout games are the doctoral theses.

The Lakers have a chance to demonstrate their championship readiness Friday night when they take their 3-2 Western Conference finals lead into Denver's Pepsi Center with a berth in the NBA Finals at stake. Yet it's easy to be cynical about their ability to get it done. When the Lakers had the chance to squeeze the neck of the Houston Rockets in their previous series, they lost their final ...

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