Both the Lakers and Clippers Draw Challenging but Favorable First-Round Matchups (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are looking anything like runaway favorites as the 2020 NBA Playoffs get underway. The Purple and Gold dropped their opener to Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Clips snuck out Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks after Kristaps Porzingis’ ejection. Do either of the Staples Center co-tenants look like locks to make it out of the first round, much less challenge for the Larry O’Brien Trophy?

On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin consider the headaches facing the Lakers and the Clippers in the bubble. Do the Blazers have the weapons to score an 8-over-1 upset? Who else can LeBron James and Anthony Davis count on for consistent support? How might Rajon Rondo’s sooner-than-expected return from injury impact the Lakers’ rotation?

As for the Clippers, they did just enough to finish off Luka Doncic and the Mavs, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combining for over 50 points and Montrezl Harrell rejoining Lou Williams on the bench. Will that suffice to fend off Dallas if KP goes berserk? Or are the Clips just too loaded?

Our co-hosts also consider the success of the NBA bubble so far, and what it says about the effort that Adam Silver, Michele Roberts and Chris Paul, in particular, put in to bring basketball back to life at Disney World in Orlando. Better yet: the league’s restart played a big part in getting a newer, faster and cheaper coronavirus test to market.

Finally, Eric and Josh look at what Jason Kidd and Tyronn Lue could bring to the New Orleans Pelicans if either is hired to as the team’s next coach, and which of the LA teams would be more likely to land Alvin Gentry as an assistant coach.

00:00 – NBA Bubble Success, Blazers or Bust?
16:45 – Can Lakers Flip the Switch?
29:51 – Clippers vs Mavericks
47:04 – Pelicans’ Coaching Carousel

Co-host of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Bleacher Report while serving as capologist for NBA TV and Basketball Insiders. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, @EricPincus.

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