Heading into the regular season, these two teams had a chance to be the best in the NBA. Well, as the postseason rolls on, that is the case for one and a big failure for the other.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been home while the Phoenix Suns entered the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference.
For the duration of the season, Phoenix has looked like the team to beat has been dealing with some injuries. Devin Booker has missed some time in the first round and this has allowed in New Orleans Pelicans to remain in the series
The Suns are still expected to advance and compete for a championship. This comes one year after coming out of the west and losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the finals.
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As for the Lakers, the new regime with Russell Westbrook at point guard did not work from early on. Anthony Davis struggle to stay healthy and this led to Los Angeles missing the postseason.
After one of the most disappointing years in recent memory, there could be some wholesale changes in Los Angeles.
Let’s look at a hypothetical NBA trade scenario that would send Anthony Davis from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Phoenix Suns.