- Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
- Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
- Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system
How can the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers extend their series on Thursday?
The Lakers and the Blazers both face must-win Game 6s at home after losing Tuesday on the road in their series, previously tied 2-2, albeit in very different fashions. With Anthony Davis sidelined by a groin strain, the Lakers were never competitive against the Phoenix Suns, while Damian Lillard’s clutch shot-making pushed the Denver Nuggets to double overtime in Game 5 before Portland fell short.
As recently as Saturday, when the Blazers blew out the Nuggets at home and the Lakers led their series 2-1 prior to Davis’ injury, it looked like we might get a Lakers-Blazers matchup in the conference semifinals.
How can each keep that hope alive with their seasons on the line?
With or without AD, the Lakers need more from LeBron
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