How to make the case for the Lakers as a playoff team
Posted On July 9, 2021
L.A. Clippers star DeAndre Jordan is heading to his third NBA All-Star Game appearance in his hometown of Atlanta this year.
He’s joined by two teammates and the likes of Paul George and Kyle Lowry, and the NBA’s best team will likely be in the hunt for a playoff spot in the East.
But that’s not the only thing to look forward to.
Here’s everything you need to know.1.
L.I. Lakers’ DeAndre Johnson is heading back to the NBA All Star Game for the first time in six years.
That’s good news for the franchise.3.
Laker guard Luke Walton says DeAndre’ Jordan and Paul George will be at the game.
Walton told reporters on Wednesday that the Lakers will play a “different game” this time around.4.
The Lakers are hoping to get back to a winning ways after going 2-12 in the season’s final two months.5.
The Clippers will be the fourth team to miss the All-Stars Game, but the team’s coach, Doc Rivers, told reporters that he’s “confident” the team will come out of the break with a “winning mindset.”6.
This will be L.L.A.’s third All-star game appearance since 2007.
The previous two came in 2013 and 2014.7.
Lakers forward Matt Barnes will be back as a reserve after being waived by the Warriors.8.
The Warriors will have four players in the starting lineup, with forward Andrew Bogut, center Andrew Bogues, power forward Kevin Durant and guard Klay Thompson.9.
Lillard, who was traded to the Lakers last month, scored a team-high 25 points Wednesday in a victory over the Thunder.10.
The team’s star center, DeAndre Lillard Jr., will be in Atlanta for the second time in his career, following his All-D-League debut in 2016.11.
Luka Doncic is set to return to the lineup after missing the final two games of the season with a shoulder injury.
He’ll join James Harden and LaMarcus Aldridge as the only players in franchise history to return from shoulder injuries.12.
Lattin will miss the game due to a strained calf, but is expected to play in the third preseason game.13.
Lakers guard/forward Julius Randle has been cleared to return after undergoing back surgery.
He was limited to 15 minutes and scored four points in Wednesday’s win over the Suns.14.
Rookie center/forward Alex Len has been named the starting shooting guard for the NBA Summer League.
He scored four of his team-best eight points in the first half and was 3-of-6 from the field in Wednesday night’s win.15.
Linsanity continues to make its mark in the Western Conference.
The Grizzlies have won six straight games and are just a game behind the Spurs for the No. 2 seed.16.
The Timberwolves are the only team to not reach the Western Finals in 2016 and have won eight of their last nine.17.
The Thunder are still the only playoff team left in the West and are looking for a sixth straight playoff appearance.
They host the Warriors on Friday.18.
The Celtics are still in the playoffs, but they’ll need to beat the Lakers to have a shot at getting back in.
They’ll host the Lakers on Thursday night.19.
This is the fourth time this season that the Thunder and Thunder have lost back-to-back games.
The teams split two meetings last season, and each team won the first game.20.
Kevin Durant is averaging 28.5 points per game in the NBA Finals, and he’ll be trying to do it again against the Lakers.
Durant is a six-time All-NBA first-team member and the first player in franchise franchise history with five 20-point games.21.
Durant’s teammates are also hoping for a win.
The NBA All Time Leaders in blocks (10) and steals (2,534) are DeAndreJordan, Paul George, Kevin Durant, L.J. Ford and KlayThompson.22.
The Pelicans have had some success over the last couple of years.
They’ve won seven straight games, including the team championship in 2015.23.
The Pacers are the second team to win two consecutive games.
They also won five straight games against the Bucks last season.24.
The Raptors have a chance to go from one of the worst teams in the league to one of its best.
They are playing at home this season and will host the Pistons on Thursday.25.
The Rockets are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
They have won seven of their past eight games, and they have a strong chance to make a push for a spot in a playoff series.26.
LeBron James has averaged 21.4 points in his last four games against Cleveland.27.
The Cavaliers have a lot of work to do.
They’re playing the Lakers, Warriors and Thunder in