Brian Windhorst says that he believes the Brooklyn Nets can win it all if the Los Angeles Lakers do not get it together on the offensive end.
A silver lining to the Los Angeles Lakers having suffered injuries to their two superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, has been their defense. Even in their absence, Frank Vogel has made sure the Lakers put together a more than competent defense night in and night out, keeping games close and within reach for the most part.
This is something which they should most definitely be lauded for, considering what they lost defensively when it comes to Davis and LeBron. AD has been their defensive anchor when healthy, showing his ability to guard positions 1 to 5.
LeBron James on the other hand, has been one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. The Lakers defensive rating with these two on the court is 106.8 while without them, astonishingly, has been about the same at 105.2.
Brian Windhorst acknowledges their stellar defense, but has raised concerns regarding their lackluster offense, when without AD and LeBron.
Brian Windhorst marvels at the Nets offense, says the Lakers can’t bring it offensively every night
The Brooklyn Nets ensemble of Kyrie, KD, Harden, Aldridge, Blake, and Joe Harris is perhaps one of the most potent group of players on offense in the history of the league. Not to mention the fact that guys like Jeff Green and more importantly, Nicholas Claxton, can provide solid offense and defense for the Nets.
“This is one of the most impressive teams I’ve seen in my 18 years covering the NBA. I’ve never seen a team with this type of firepower. I don’t think the Lakers can beat the Nets 4 out of 7 times. You’re right their (Lakers) defense is spectacular but they can’t bring it every night offensively.”
“This is one of the most impressive teams I’ve seen in my 18 years covering the NBA. I’ve never seen a team that has this type of offensive firepower. … I don’t think [the Lakers can beat the Nets] four out of seven times.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) April 8, 2021
If both squads were to face off against one another when fully healthy, the Brooklyn Nets, on paper, would be given the edge to win it all this season. There are a few mismatches as the Nets have no one that can guard Anthony Davis nor LeBron James on a consistent basis.
However, as good as the Lakers’ team defense is, stopping Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden from getting to their spots sounds like an otherworldly task.