As the Los Angeles Lakers jockey for playoff positioning, not everyone is buying the idea that things will click once LeBron James and Anthony Davis return to the court. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes recently described the Lakers as “vulnerable” heading into the playoffs and believes Los Angeles will be challenged by teams like the Jazz, Suns and Nuggets. Haynes added that the Lakers will need to be careful playing against “young legs” in the postseason.
“I feel like the Lakers are vulnerable for all the things you just mentioned, particularly them [Anthony Davis and LeBron James] coming back at the tail end of the season, trying to carry a team,” Haynes noted on the Posted Up podcast. “And not just coming back and being able to coast, they’re coming back with meaningful games. When they get back in the season, these are meaningful games. They got to make some ground up in these standings, and maybe they feel, I don’t know, maybe LeBron and A.D. feel like, ‘Man, look, I don’t care if we are seventh or eighth [seed]. Man, I’ll take down Utah. I’ll take down Denver.’ I just think with those young legs that Utah, Denver and Phoenix has, I just don’t think that’s a good combination for the Lakers, I don’t.”