Two preseason romps for the Lakers over the Clippers notwithstanding, the 2020-21 NBA season, at least the Western Conference portion of it, stands very much to be about the two Los Angeles teams. Last year, the Clippers entered the season as the consensus favorite. This year, it's the Lakers. So what will happen?
To preview these Western Conference powerhouses, we're joined by Jesse Kass, who hosts the Bleav In Clippers pod on the network. After talking about what went wrong for the LAC a year ago, we ask five questions looking forward for this season:
Can motivation from last year's collapse, and a dose of Ty Lue, cure what ailed the Clippers last year?
The Clippers biggest strength against the Lakers will be what?
What about their biggest weakness vs. the Lakers?
While last year the Lakers kept the pedal down all year, this season they'll have to be far more careful preserving LeBron, Anthony Davis and other vets. What lessons can they learn from last year's lack of on-floor continuity the Clippers periodically showed?
Who wins a prospective Western Conference Finals? (Yes, it's early prediction time!)
From there, we add our own response to the conversation. Ultimately, if LeBron is LeBron and Davis continues to ascend - it's not crazy that he could be in the conversation for best in the league by season's end - does it matter what the Clippers, or any other team, really do?
Finally, we discuss the transition from 2020 to 2021, and that the latter could be the calendar equivalent of Playoff Rondo. Not so hot for a while... but awesome at the end.