Magic Johnson Explains How Lakers Can Win Against Suns in Playoffs

Published 05/23/2021, 2:59 PM EDT
May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets a high five from forward Anthony Davis (3) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers kick off their post-season run tonight against the Phoenix Suns. After a rather tumultuous regular season, where they were marred by multiple injuries, the Lakers only finished as the 7th best team in the West.

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After a tough matchup against the red-hot Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, the champions finally clinched the 7th seed. The Phoenix Suns, meanwhile, had one of the best seasons in the league.

May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) falls while shooting the ball defended by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22)during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

With a rather healthy squad available at their disposal, the Suns improved significantly. The addition of Chris Paul has certainly brought the best out of players like DeAndre Ayton and the veteran also became the perfect partner for Devin Booker.

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The Suns are certainly a threat to the Lakers. Given how lethal they can be from the perimeter and the number of talented defenders they have, we are in for a classic playoff battle.

Magic Johnson reveals how the Lakers can defeat the Phoenix Suns

Given how out of sync the Lakers looked against the Dubs, the Suns look like a big threat for the champions. Despite having more elite shooters on their side, the Suns do lack size in the paint.

Lakers’ legend Magic Johnson certainly feels that his team can exploit this weakness. The 61-year-old took to Twitter and wrote, The Lakers have to take the ball inside against the much smaller Suns, and they must control the tempo of the game in order to win the series!”

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With players like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Marc Gasol at their disposal, the Lakers do have a massive advantage in terms of size. While Drummond can be a great option for pick and rolls, he isn’t that effective in posting up.

Given how Anthony Davis struggled against the Warriors with Drummond on the floor, we might see a different lineup for the champions. The Suns do have multiple perimeter defenders, thus dominating the paint will be essential for the Lakers.

In the only game AD played against the Suns, he dominated them, scoring 42.0 points along with 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

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Can Davis continue his electrifying form against the Suns in the Playoffs? Who will be victorious in this matchup, the Lakers or the Suns? Let us know in the comments.

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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.

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