“We swept them last year. We swept them this year…” Michael Malone drops ICE COLD quote ahead of facing LeBron James’ Lakers

The King and the Lakers are not going to be easy to deal with this time


“We swept them last year. We swept them this year…” Michael Malone drops ICE COLD quote ahead of facing LeBron James’ Lakers

Michael Malone and LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers have advanced to the playoffs after their victory over the Pelicans in the Play-In tournament. Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the squad is fully confident heading into this first-round series against the Nuggets.

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Not only that, but this will be a rematch of last year’s Conference Finals. The Lakers were swept by Nikola Jokic and company, who would go on to win the title.

Things seem to be quite different this year. The Lakers are coming off a strong finish to the regular season, settling for the 7th seed. Compared to their previous postseason run, the squad is fully healthy along with Anthony Davis, who had not played 70+ games in the last seven seasons.

While the men in purple and gold are coming in hot against the Nuggets, head coach, Michael Malone has an idea of what to expect from the Lakers.

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We swept them last year. We swept them this year. They come in playing really well and hungry. They want to flip that script. Our players understand that.
Said Malone via Harrison Wind on Twitter.

For the Nuggets, the sweep was their own redemption, as they fell to the Lakers in the Conference Finals back in 2020. LeBron James and the Lakers have a chance to redeem themselves, as they’ll look to pull off an upset in the first round.

LeBron James and company will look to close in 7

There is a lot to know before predicting the Lakers and Nuggets matchup. Denver has won their last eight games against LA, which includes the 4-0 sweep from last year.

The only factor that is keeping the Lakers from a losing prediction is their recent run in the regular season. Following the All-Star break, the team has managed to maintain a great record and has shown its true potential.

Given AD’s peak at this point in time and other assets including Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell, and Rui Hachimura contributing their best, the Lakers may stretch this series to seven games. On the other hand, the Nuggets are no joke. The Joker is having yet another MVP season. Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., KCP, and Aaron Gordon are all healthy and have played most of the season. This can make a big chance for fans who bet on players like them more than the teams they play for, and some spaces like thegruelingtruth.com 

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The odds are in the favor of the Nuggets, however, the Lakers will look to give them a tough time before they can think of advancing to the second round. It will be interesting to see how far the Lakers can go this postseason.

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