Anthony Davis thinks that the Lakers have a better chance of winning the NBA championship because of the prolonged rest provided by the nationwide lockdown.
The Lakers are with no doubt one of the teams expected to bag the Larry O’Brien trophy this season. However, they do face stiff competitions in the form of the Clippers, Nuggets, and the Bucks. Not to mention, the reigning champions Toronto Raptors are still in their championship form.
The lockdown caused by coronavirus benefits the league’s players in more ways than one. However, there are two opposite views with regard to rest. First, the players’ and teams’ momentum moving into the Playoffs is stopped. Second, players are afforded more rest to heal any nagging injuries.
Anthony Davis believes the second view is true for him and his Lakers team.
Anthony Davis says Lakers have a better chance of winning
According to Davis, the extended lockdown is a blessing for the Lakers. He said that the team is 100% healthy. As such they have a better chance of winning the NBA championship deep into the Finals. He said,
“I think our chances are higher because we’re all rested. We’re all ready to go. If anything, our chances got higher, and it’s going to be about who wants it more. Everybody had a decompression of the season … it’s about which team wants it more and which team can stay healthy.”
Davis has been relatively healthy this year compared to his previous years with the New Orleans Pelicans. But unlike his co-star Lebron James, Davis has already missed eight games due to several injuries. James for his part has only missed three games as he leads his team towards a tough battle in the Playoffs.
Lakers roster shakeup
The only Laker player that has confirmed opting out of the NBA restart is Avery Bradley. He cites the health of his daughter as his reason for not going to Orlando. As a result, the Lakers have signed veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith to fill in his position. Smith is poised to be another shooter available in the wing.
This will also be his chance to redeem his blunder in the last time he and Lebron James faced the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. On the other hand, Dwight Howard still hasn’t confirmed if he will join the Lakers in Orlando. In case he decides not to, the team said that it will not look to replace the backup center position.
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