"They made the play-offs almost every year since Shaq left...."
Making the playoffs mean nothing until you go all the way or at least make it into the finals. Bottom line is that IMO, KG is right now the better player than Duncan and isn't any less of a leader than Kobe.
BTW, i wouldn't count the Suns out just yet. I am not going to even come close to saying the will win this series, but don't count them out with being down 2 games. If they lose game 3, THEN i will say they are finished.
Chris Paul would be the main factor if the Lakers and Hornets squared off. His 20+ PTs, 10+ AST and his speed would make D-Fish look silly. Of course the Hornets would have to stop Kobe and his 30+ PTs
Where ever they play, they have as much chance to win a basketball game as San Antonio. They won't look at what they have done in these past two games and have it effect their play negatively. Wait until game 3 to make the decision.