Lakers vs Nets: Brian Windhorst Has a Grim Predictions for LeBron James & Co

Published 04/10/2021, 6:19 PM EDT
Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a pretty mixed season so far this season. With their off-season moves they became one of the strongest teams, but with all the trades and signings the Brooklyn Nets have made till now, they surely have become a big threat to the Lakers in retaining the championship.

The Nets with the big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden are one of the most unstoppable teams offensively this season. Given how the NBA has changed into an offense-first league, the Nets currently are thriving in the regular season.

The Nets are well on their way to a record-breaking season, offensively. They currently are on pace of having the best offensive rating in the history of the league with a rating of 118.5. Along with the Nets, six other teams have also made it to the top 10 this season alone.

Insider Brian Windhorst explains why Lakers might struggle to retain the title

NBA insider Brian Windhorst recently made an appearance at First Take. Their Windhorst spoke about how the league’s offense oriented approach might be a big challenge for the Lakers.

“This is going to be a test of of history here because historically you are correct you have to be about a top 10 or 11 defensive team to be a NBA champion the record speaks for itself but we are playing in a season we are seeing historically off the charts offense.”

He added, “When in the postseason you can actually practice and game plan uh in between games will we see a return to normalcy? The Lakers better hope so…. You’re right their defense is spectacular but they’re but they can’t bring it every night offensively.”

He added that if the offense oriented game does not change why we might see the Nets winning a championship. “I don’t think they can do it four out of seven times so they have to they’re going to have to hope that things return to what we normally see in the postseason because if they don’t this is set for the Nets to win it.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers currently are 19th in terms of the offensive rating and are the best team defensively. But we might see a massive jump in their offensive rating once Anthony Davis and LeBron James are back. If the Lakers can improve their offensive woes, they can surely become the favorites again.

What do think, will the gritty Lakers’ defense prevail or the fiery Nets’ offense lead them to a championship? Let us know in the comments down below.


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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.