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Magic Johnson: Blazers Are Biggest 1st Round Challenge For Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson tells the Los Angeles Times' Lakers Blog that he believes the Portland Trail Blazers represent the biggest first-round challenge due to the "hate factor." ------------------- "The biggest challenge would be Portland because of the hate factor," Johnson said Sunday, walking in a corridor underneath Staples Center. "They don't like us and we don't like them. That would be a very physical and tough series, even though we would win and we're better overall. But they really know how to play us, they're well-coached and they're tenacious." ... "They're big enough to play us tough," Johnson said of Portland. "There's other teams that I think would be a good series, but [Portland] would be the toughest series." ------------------- Link via @DansTwitter -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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