NBA Playoffs Feature Los Angeles Lakers Advancing to the Finals Again


Western Conference Finals pitted the Lakers vs. the Nuggets

Jan Castillo, Staff Writer

As we all know, it was the Denver Nuggets vs. the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. While the outcome for the Western Conference Finals was pretty predictable from my perspective, I do wish it had been the Clippers against the Lakers in the Western Finals.  I didn’t think the Nuggets had enough energy to come back from another 3-1 deficit against the Lakers, and I was right.

Jamal Murray focused on guarding LeBron James

My reason why I believed they weren’t going to be capable of coming back from a 3-1 score again is that the Lakers were very healthy and rested. They first defeated the Portland Trailblazers 4-1 and then they defeated the Houston Rockets  4-1.

While on the other hand, the Nuggets against the Utah Jazz went down by 3-1 but eventually came back to win it game 7. In addition, the same sequence happened again as the Nuggets were down 3-1, but this time against the L.A. Clippers and somehow shockingly the Nuggets come back from another 3-1 deficit and win it in-game 7. The Nuggets were probably the scariest team to go up against as Nikola Jokic is a center that plays like a point guard, and Jamal Murray is a star in the making. 

LeBron James taking it all in after winning Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets to advance and take the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Finals again.

However, the Lakers, after they went up 3-1 against the Nuggets with all the memes and jokes coming in saying that “Nuggets have them right where they want them to be,” had a different story to say.

Remarkably in game five, LeBron James went off with a triple-double of 38 points, 10 assists, 16 rebounds. His first-team all NBA teammate Anthony Davis contributed 27 points. The final score was 117-107 and the Lakers finally returned to the NBA Finals again.

From my point of view, if LeBron James wins this Finals series, he is going to be in the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) status because of all the hate and odds he went through. LBJ still managed to win it all at the age of 35 with arguably one of the most balanced and competitive seasons I’ve ever seen.