NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup Against Phoenix Suns

Published 05/23/2021, 3:23 PM EDT
Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) high fives guard Dennis Schroder (17) and center Marc Gasol (14) during a time out against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


The second day of the 2021 NBA playoffs is underway. While teams like the Knicks and 76ers are playing tonight, there is no denying that the marquee matchup of the day is between the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference juggernaut in Phoenix Suns.

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The defending champions had a horrendous regular season. With injuries to star players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers had to participate in the play-in tournament as they finished in seventh position of the West.

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

After a rather hard-fought victory against the Dubs, the champions secured the seventh seed in the Conference. The Lakers are finally getting back to health and will be put to test against the Suns.

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Los Angeles Lakers starting lineup

Given that they are going up against the Phoenix Suns, the champions need a great performance from their team. Superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be absolutely key against the Suns.

While James can be the primary distributor, Davis can be a problem in the paint against Phoenix. This game certainly can be a big boost for the Lakers who are aiming for a repeat. Ahead of their matchup against the Suns, take a look at the starting five of the defending champions.

Starting Lineup

Dennis Schroder (G)

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Kentavious Caldwell Pope (G)

LeBron James (F)

Anthony Davis (F)

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Andre Drummond (C)

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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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