Five months after the coronavirus brought basketball (and the entire sports world) to a screeching halt, the NBA is on the cusp of the 2020 playoffs. And though the Lakers and Clippers are still among the favorites to bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy from Orlando to Los Angeles, neither has quite played up to that billing during the seeding games inside the bubble. Could those struggles spell danger for L.A.’s chances of welcoming home a champion in the fall?
On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin take one last look at the Lakers and Clippers before the pandemic postseason tips off. Our co-hosts consider whether the Purple and Gold’s problems with perimeter shooting pose major problems for the franchise’s pursuit of Title No. 17. Can Frank Vogel’s squad count on LeBron James and Anthony Davis to flip the proverbial switch in mid-August? Do the Lakers have the personnel they need to survive a gauntlet en route to the Finals, potentially beginning with Damian Lillard and the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers? Could Kyle Kuzma be the key to winning it all?
Eric and Josh then evaluate the pros and cons of the Clippers’ time at Disney World. They seem to have all the weapons they need, with Montrezl Harrell rejoining Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams and Doc Rivers’ stacked squad in central Florida. But can the Clippers get all the pieces lined up in time—and keep them there long enough to claim the first championship in franchise history?
Our co-hosts close out this week’s show by reviewing the finalists for this year’s major awards, with particular attention paid to the nominees with local ties. Can LeBron and AD upend Giannis Antetokounmpo in more than one category? Could Lou and Trezz split the Sixth Man vote—and see their competition walk away with the award?
Find out all that and more in the latest #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – Lakers Still Lagging
17:54 – Kuzmania in Orlando
33:57 – Clippers Coming Together
47:01 – More Awards For LA?