Most expect the Larry O’Brien trophy to be hoisted by a team from Los Angeles. The only question is will that be LeBron James and the Lakers or Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. The Clippers are the favorites if you ask most, but the Lakers are not far behind.
The Lakers are off to a hot start as they are 3-1 with convincing wins over the Jazz, Hornets, and Grizzlies. Their only loss came in the season opener against, of course, the Clippers. Last game, in the Lakers 120-91 win over the Grizzlies, Anthony Davis put up an astonishing 40 points and 20 rebounds in three quarters.
The 40-20 game was the first by a Lakers since Shaq did it in 2003. Davis had a James Harden night like at the free throw line as he went 26-for-27 from the charity stripe. However, unlike Harden, Davis earned his free throw opportunities.
The Lakers did not play great in the first half as they were only up by two at the half. However, the Lakers had a stunning third quarter performance as they outscored the Grizzlies by 19. The Lakers went on an incredible 30-4 run in the third and beginning of the fourth quarter.
Although everybody said this last year, this season should be a fun one for Laker fans. And this year, we truly mean that. This is the best team the Lakers have put together since the Lakers won their 16th NBA championship in 2010. Of course, it starts at the top with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Both superstar players, these two guys the Laker’s success with be dependent on how James and Davis do. Not only do the Lakers have these two superstars, but they have a quality third option in Kyle Kuzma should return in the Lakers’ next game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Dwight Howard was gifted a second chance in his NBA career by the Lakers and he has done exactly what of asked out of him so far. He’s been a force in the paint and great defensibility. The Lakers also have sharpshooter Danny Green and a great defender in Avery Badley.
Unfortunately, the bench of the Lakers was outmatched by the Clippers in the season opener. If the Lakers want to play into June, the bench is going to have to step up and help the likes of LeBron, Davis and the starting unit
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