Kendrick Perkins, a former NBA player and LeBron James’ former teammate, has made a bold claim regarding the Los Angeles Lakers’ chances in the playoffs. According to Perkins, the Lakers will make it to the NBA Finals if their superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain healthy.
The Lakers have had a rollercoaster season, with many ups and downs. However, they have been playing fantastic basketball since the trade deadline, winning their past two games and potentially moving up to the fourth spot in the Western Conference with nine games left in the regular season.
Despite currently sitting in ninth place with a 36-37 record, Perkins believes that the Lakers have what it takes to make it all the way to the finals if their key players are healthy. “Yes, they [Lakers] can make it to the NBA Finals if LeBron and AD are healthy,” Perkins stated when discussing the Lakers’ playoff potential.
Perkins also praised Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka for the moves he made at the trade deadline, specifically the acquisitions of Jarren Vanderbilt and D’Angelo Russell in February.
The Western Conference has been highly competitive this season, with the Phoenix Suns currently holding the fourth spot with a record of 38-34. However, they are only three games ahead of the Utah Jazz in 12th place. The Lakers, without LeBron James, have managed to keep themselves in playoff contention, tied for eighth place with the Dallas Mavericks.
With all of their remaining games having major playoff implications, the Lakers will need to win as many as possible to improve their standing in the conference. They are currently only half a game behind the top play-in spot and 2.5 games behind the fourth-placed Suns.
In conclusion, Perkins firmly believes that if LeBron James and Anthony Davis are healthy, the Lakers have a great chance to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. With their recent winning streak and potential to move up in the standings, the Lakers have a chance to prove Perkins’ claim right in the upcoming playoffs.
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The Purple and Gold Redemption: Analyzing the Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Chances Despite a Tumultuous Season
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a tumultuous season, but still, have a chance at making a deep playoff run. Currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference with a record of 37-37, the Lakers have struggled with injuries and inconsistent performances from their role players.
However, the Lakers are still a team with two of the best players in the league LeBron James and Anthony Davis. If both are healthy and playing at their best, the Lakers have the potential to beat any team in the league. Additionally, the Lakers made some key acquisitions at the trade deadline, including D’lo Russell, who could provide the team with much-needed playmaking and scoring.
While the Lakers’ current standing in the conference is not ideal, it is important to note that the team has been dealing with injuries to key players throughout the season. As long as James and Davis are healthy, the Lakers have a legitimate chance of making a deep playoff run and even winning the championship. The team will need to play with more consistency and urgency in the remaining games to improve their seeding, but the talent is certainly there for the Lakers to make a championship push.
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