Lakers close, close friends with Conference Finals

D065013018.JPGDid you know that the Lakers have played in 65 percent of the NBA’s Western Conference/Division Finals since the 1948-49 season in Minneapolis?

Or that they’ve won 30 of them?

By sweeping the Jazz last Monday, L.A. moved on to the franchise’s 40th WCF/DF, 10 of which came in Minny and 30 in Los Angeles, including three consecutive and six of ten in the 2000′s.

Since the move to L.A., the Lakers have gone 24-5 in Western Conference/Division Finals after a 6-4 stint in Minneapolis, and have won six straight WCF’s since a 1998 loss to John Stockton, Karl Malone and Utah.

And finally, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is 12-1 all-time in Conference Finals, including a 6-0 mark with the Lakers and 6-1 record with the Chicago Bulls.

The team’s 41st trip to the Conference Finals, of course, begins on Monday night at 6 p.m. at STAPLES Center against the Phoenix Suns.