Over the last 24 hours since we found out for certain that the Miami Heat would be the Lakers’ opponent in the NBA Finals, there has been a lot of different attempts to break down this series, and how these two teams will match up.
What X’s and O’s and schematic advantages will each team have, and how will they attack each other has been one line of analysis, and another has been arguing over which team is deeper, or pointing out that the Miami Heat might have more of the top 10 or so players in the series than the Lakers do.
On the latest episode of “Lakers, Explained” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin broke down why they think the latter might be a sort of silly way of looking at things. Basketball is a team sport, yes, but it’s also generally won by the team with the best players in the playoffs. The Lakers have the best two in this series (with apologies to Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler).
After that, Anthony had a question for Harrison: Why do people keep thinking Anthony Davis hasn’t proven himself in the playoffs, and continuously falling into the trap of thinking that the next round will finally be the one where he’ll wilt? They discussed a few of their theories, and why they think they’re wrong.
Finally, Harrison and Anthony wrapped up the show by ranking the funniest possible outcomes for the now-vacant Clippers head coaching job, and then took some time to laugh at the Boston Celtics, who were beaten back to the NBA Finals by the Lakers despite a massive head start.