Last night’s L.A. showdown between the Clippers and the Lakers taught the entire NBA Universe a lot about what to expect in the playoffs. The Lakers scraped through a 103-101 victory over the Clippers thanks to a LeBron James put-back game-winner.
The Lakers are clearly an impressive team and are the main contenders to beat as the Road to the NBA Finals begins. The Clippers showed a lot of positive signs last night but were clearly not at full speed as they were missing key pieces including Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.
Nonetheless, the Lakers are the team to beat, and here are the five reasons why they will beat the Clippers in the NBA playoffs.
5. Lou Williams And Clippers Chemistry
The Los Angeles Clippers were not at their best last night. They were missing Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell and were forced to play deep in their bench with the likes of Reggie Jackson and Joakim Noah getting minutes. Jackson (10 points, 6 rebounds) was decent last night, but the Clippers need to have all their pieces on the same page if they wish to keep up with the Lakers.