The Los Angeles Lakers can advance to the Western Conference Finals if they win Game 5 on Saturday. They hold a 3-1 lead over James Harden’s Rockets. Prior to the series, there were many speculations that the Rockets might upset the might Lakers.
When the Rockets won Game 1, the speculation got much stronger, but since then it’s been all Lakers. The team has won three consecutive games and will look forward to advancing to the WCF soon.
In the Playoffs, LeBron James and Anthony Davis carry the load for the franchise. But Alex Caruso and Rajon Rondo have proved themselves essential pieces for the squad. While Rondo has plenty of playoff experience under his belt. It is the complete opposite in Caruso’s case.
Caruso was recently asked about his day-to-day life in the NBA Bubble. He spends most of his time riding a bike or just walking. Recently, the playoff debutant spent his time drinking wine with his parents. Explaining his decision, he said,
“As you get older, you get to realize what’s most important.”
Caruso also revealed on what he expects from himself and his teammates before the big games.
“There was no pull aside or detailed description of what to expect from my teammates. I had played games to win in January and February, knew the level of detail that goes into big games against the Clippers, against the Bucks, and that kind of had a bit of a playoff feel. I think they just trusted me, how serious I take the game, and take the work of preparing.”
Alex Caruso bringing his parents to the bubble and spending his off time drinking wine with them is the most on-brand thing I could have ever imagined for his down time.https://t.co/go8OuZeSSS pic.twitter.com/U8LSIaknkQ
— Playoff Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 12, 2020
Alex has become an instrumental player for the franchise. And the team certainly feeds off of his energy in big games. The 26-year-old is producing a respectable 7.1 points per game while clocking 23.0 minutes per game.
Can the Los Angeles Lakers close out the series in five games?
The Lakers are in a comfortable position right now. But that doesn’t mean they can slack off one bit against the Rockets. The duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook might still go off and make trouble for the Lakers.
So far, there have been very few games where both the superstars have performed at an elite level. If Harden plays well, usually Westbrook underperforms and vice versa.
If this remains the case, the Lakers should be able to take care of business in Game 5 itself. But we will find out for sure after the matchup on Saturday night.
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