Lakers are Ahead of Schedule, LeBron an MVP Candidate (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

Does that all mean fans are destined to see a 13th NBA Finals showdown between the Lakers and Celtics this spring? In this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin dig through the 2019-20 schedule to date to evaluate whether these two historic franchises are, in fact, strong enough to be on track for another clash in June, or if they have simply been feasting on weak opponents so far. The upcoming slate will have plenty to say about the longevity of these two teams in the championship chase, and our co-hosts explain why.

Then, Eric and Josh consider the conundrum in which the Los Angeles Clippers currently find themselves. Paul George came bursting out of the gates looking like his superstar self, but without the aid of Kawhi Leonard. Looking back, did Kawhi choose PG to be his sidekick? Or was that decision about hitching himself to someone who can carry the club while the Klaw is on the mend?

Our co-hosts close out the show with an early consideration of the league’s MVP candidates. Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Luka Doncic all look like early favorites, thanks to their spectacular individual play and team success. But will LA’s standouts have something to say about who takes home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy next year? Find out on the latest edition of #HollywoodHoops!

00:00 – Lakers vs Celtics Again?
17:57 – Lakers’ Upcoming Schedule
32:52 – Clippers’ Superstar Conundrum
45:51 – Is There An MVP In LA?

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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