From: Altadena, CA
ORIGINAL: Bill Johanesen
Lakers with a nice 48-hour run Fri to Sun.
Every so often, James reminds everybody how dominant he is. The rest of the time, he's merely great.
Clippers/Lakers WCF will be fun.
Clippers stacked their roster with two waves of starters. Everybody else in the West is not close. However, OKC could possibly upset somebody. Their regular season play transitions nicely to the playoffs.
Utah could upset someone, too. Agree on LeBron. He's had a great year, at PG.
I respectfully, strongly disagree about Utah. I think Quinn is one of the worst coaches in the NBA. Who are they? Defensive juggernaut? Hardly. Despite having great pieces, he has not been able to put it together. Couldn't make Rubio/Gobert work. Bogdanovic can't defend his position. The addition of Conley and Clarkson should make them better, right? 60 games in and he's still tinkering with his starting lineup. Over the last month, they have been one of the worst defensive teams in the West.
I see this Utah team with a lot of individual talent. Not seeing it come together as an upper level team. Underachievers.
Don't disagree with any of that, and I would definitely defer to your insight. I just see them as a team that could come together in an outlier series if the Clippers do their stagnant offense thing too much or they can't keep Mitchell and Conley out of the paint, or if LeBron goes cold or AD can't operate inside against Gobert, or if any top player gets injured. They can do damage when they get hot, but it's hard to stay hot over the course of a series.