Jared Dudley admitted it not too long ago: The Lakers have been watching, anticipating to face the Clippers within the Western Conference Finals, and laughed because the Nuggets got here from 3-1 down and kicked the Clippers out of the bubble.
Danny Green checked out it another means: Karma. The Clippers didn’t respect the game, so it didn’t respect them. Here is what Green stated on the “Real Ones” podcast with Raja Bell and Logan Murdock.
“I think the basketball Gods will humble you if you don’t play the game the right way or do the right thing. I mean, a lot of people say speak things into existence, which is cool I like that, you shouldn’t be as cocky or because a lot of times it’s going to go the opposite way, you know. Someway somehow, you know, things ironically it’s gonna turn out the way opposite of you talking s***.”
If it’s concerning the Clippers “talking s***,” the Lakers did loads of that as effectively. Patrick Beverley could rub Lakers’ fans the unsuitable means together with his phrases and elegance, however the Lakers weren’t precisely wallflowers on this division. They talked.
The Clippers, as a result of injuries — Paul George missed the primary 11 games of the season as a result of shoulder surgical procedures, Kawhi Leonard missed training camp, Patrick Beverley was in and out of the lineup, and this listing goes on — mixed with load administration, very hardly ever received their core players collectively on the court to construct chemistry. In the bubble it was extra of the identical, with players lacking time for legit causes (Montrezl Harrell) or silly ones (Lou Williams). The backside line is the team not getting time collectively. There have been factions inside the locker room in the course of the season. That appeared to catch up to them.
The Lakers took the regular season critically, constructed chemistry, and figured out how an odd assortment of growing older function players fit collectively effectively. They additionally had LeBron James and Anthony Davis keep wholesome — the basketball gods favored them that means.
Every NBA champion will get a little bit fortunate with injuries and different breaks going their means — one can assign that to the basketball gods and karma, or simply random likelihood. Whichever means, these issues broke proper for a proficient Lakers team and the outcome was championship 17 for the franchise.
The basketball gods smiled on them, however Green and the Lakers must be cautious — these gods are additionally notoriously fickle.