The Los Angeles Lakers had a pretty good resume already, even before this weekend. They had second-best record in the league, and the top one in the Western Conference.
But even with a recent win over the Boston Celtics and other victories against good teams this season, the elephant in the room was that they were still winless against their two primary competitors for the NBA title this season: The Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers.
Well, after a huge weekend that saw them beat both of those teams, there is no more doubt. The Lakers are for real, and have to be discussed as such.
Joining me to talk about all of that immediately after the Lakers beat the Clippers was my longtime co-host/nemesis Anthony Irwin. To begin the show, we discussed about some of the intellectual dishonesty in the analysis of the Lakers before this weekend, and why the people that want to doubt them will have to come up with other excuses than a few close losses to two of the best teams in the NBA now. Then, Anthony needed to rant about Patrick Beverley.
After all that was done, we talked about some of the keys to the game — especially how the Lakers seem to be changing some of the ways they utilize Anthony Davis — and what they might mean about the Lakers’ potential going forward.
Finally, we wrapped up the show with a discussion about how legitimate LeBron James’ MVP case is (or isn’t) after a weekend that saw him take it to some of the best players in the league.