Don’t look now, but the NBA season is around the corner. Out in Los Angeles, Lakers expectations are sky high after the team’s long-anticipated acquisition of Anthony Davis.
With Kevin Durant injured (and in Brooklyn), Kawhi Leonard and Paul Georgia making the jump to the Clippers, Klay Thompson injured to start the year, and Russell Westbrook in Houston, the NBA seems more wide open than it has since the Golden State Warriors dynasty started.
The Lakers certainly think they have what it takes to ascend to the throne, with Davis joining LeBron James in purple and gold. Tonight, they faced the Western Conference champs in a preseason game, and were incredibly impressive.
Davis put up 22 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes. James scored 15 and dished out eight assists in the same time frame. Steph Curry had 18 himself, but Draymond Green was held scoreless, and new Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell was held to four points against his former team.
Obviously it is just preseason, but the Lakers clearly looked to make a statement here. L.A. took home the win, 123-101.
After the game, the team laid things out for the rest of basketball, tweeting out “Consider this a warning,” along with the final score.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 6, 2019
The Lakers have serious shooting and depth questions to answer, but that duo is admittedly very dangerous. Still, there is a ton of basketball to be played, and they might not even be the most dangerous team in their own city, as the Clippers should have a deeper roster on paper.
What we do know: this season is going to be a ton of fun.
The regular season tips off on Oct. 22. The Lakers and Clippers won’t have to waste much time in starting to figure out Los Angeles supremacy, with a game that night. The Warriors also open with the Clippers, in their first game at the brand new Chase Center two nights later on the 24th.