LeBron James explains why Blazers would be a tough out as an 8-seed
If the 2019-20 NBA season does resume, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers would be in first place in the Western Conference standings. As it stands, the Lakers would face Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the postseason should Memphis hold off the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans for that 8th spot.
However, the Blazers will have a healthy squad outside of Rodney Hood if the season does resume, as both Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins have recovered from their injuries.
Add those two guys to Portland’s core of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony, and the Blazers could make a run for that 8th seed and possibly match up against LeBron and the Lakers.
If the Lakers and Blazers do meet in the first round, LeBron knows his Lakers would have their hands full:
"You got a Dame Lillard who can go for 50, a CJ McCollum that can score 40, a Carmelo Anthony that if he gets hot, which we know in the postseason could go for 35/40 as well." – LeBron James on why the Blazers would be a tough 8th seed 🗣 pic.twitter.com/4IZUAy0f0F
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 26, 2020
Lillard, McCollum and Anthony are three of the best scorers in the game, although Anthony isn’t as lethal as he used to be back when he was on the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.
If these two teams meet in the postseason, the Lakers would have the two best players in LeBron and Anthony Davis. Lillard, though, is a threat to score 50 points on any given night and we saw last season what Dame can do against fellow superstars when he crushed Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
LeBron and the Lakers would be the betting favorite to win a first-round series against the Blazers. However, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for Los Angeles, that’s for sure.