NBA insiders believe that the Trail Blazers pose a legitimate threat to the Los Angeles Lakers. Mark Stein of the New York Times.
The Trail Blazers are currently competing with the Memphis Grizzlies for eighth place in the Western Conference and clashed with the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
“In each meeting, I talked to representatives of the two teams of potential sleeper teams and received completely different predictions. These predictions were only three weeks of full-speed practice, and then before the playoffs Eight games were packed into the 16-day window to have an impact.
Some people say that a compact comeback may be a true equalizer. Example: After welcoming Portland’s previously weak frontcourt Yusof Nurkic and Zach Collins, some league insiders regarded Portland as a threat to the Lakers in the first round of the series.
In contrast, another executive described the eight seeded games that all teams must play before the playoffs as a long runway, which will give the Lakers, Bucks and Clippers time to recover their three. Month status.