The aftermath of one of the most anticipated showdowns of the seasons has seen the LA Lakers stage a magnificent comeback against the Golden State Warriors to set up a tantalizing fixture against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA playoffs.
Los Angeles Lakers
The defending champions have been resurgent lately, following injury returns for star players LeBron James and Anthony Davis, both pivotal in their recent successes. Despite a disappointing regular season that has seen the Los Angeles Lakers fall to the seventh seed in the NBA playoffs, the Lakers will go into the tournament knowing that they still have a good shot at the title, with the first obstacle, the Phoenix Suns, being formidable but not impossible.
The Suns have been a bit of a surprising inclusion this season, as they have ended a decade-long playoff drought to return in style with the second seed. Veteran star Chris Paul has transformed the side into a slick end-to-end machine and will be looking forward to measuring himself against the likes of LeBron. The Suns ended the season on a strong note, just one win away from being table-toppers, but with a loss to the Lakers just over a week ago, could play mind games. The Suns have combined veteran and rookie offense and defense very well this season and will be looking to continue in the same vein against the Lakers.
Following difficulties emulating the grand victories of last season, the Lakers will be looking to pull off a historic first – no seventh-seeded team has ever won the NBA Finals. Then again, this isn’t a normal season, and, now more than ever, anything is possible.
Despite the difference in seeding, the game will likely be a very close one – the nominally seventh-seeded Lakers are a far more challenging proposition than they seemed a month ago. In fact, multiple teams have actively maneuvered to avoid facing them in the playoffs, saying it all for the Suns’ luck.
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LeBron on his game-winning shot:
“After Draymond’s finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there. I just shot for the middle one”
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 20, 2021
Suns vs. Lakers is set for the first round.
Chris Paul’s first time taking on his good friend LeBron James in the playoffs.
Devin Booker’s playoff debut.
Let’s do this.
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) May 20, 2021
Im absolutely ecstatic we get Suns vs Lakers. Chris Paul imitating the Lakers complaining or flopping will be must see tv pic.twitter.com/5V4qmvvkhR
— Corey B (@CoreyB08) May 20, 2021
Suns vs Lakers should be fun. A daunting challenge ahead against the reigning champs, but this team has been proving everyone wrong thus far, and nothing is guaranteed in the playoffs. ✊ #WHYNOTUS #RallyTheValley
— Carl Lee (@i_carlee) May 20, 2021