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Lakers Beat Nuggets, Bring Playoff Excitement to L.A.

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By Nelson Cruz | Twitter @26cosas | September 21, 2020.
A pre-pandemic view of an active and lit Staple Center from outside the home of the Los Angeles Lakers while fans attend a home game. Photographed by Nelson Cruz.

LeBron James and company beat the Houston Rockets 4-1 in a best of seven games playoff series and now hope to defeat Denver on the road to the finals. 

L.A. City College student Joe Ramirez is watching the action. He says he is analyzing the Lakers every move for their playoff prospects.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the Denver Nuggets in a seven game series to determine who advances to the NBA Finals. 
The Denver Nuggets finished off the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in their best of seven series.

 The two powerhouse teams faced off in the Western Conference Finals on Sept. 18, 2020. Now, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Denver Nuggets in the seven game series to determine who advances to the NBA Finals.

“I think this series is going to be really intense,” Ramirez said. “The tension these two have is thicker than oatmeal.”

 Ramirez also weighed in on who will win the West. 

“Lebron will go in with one mission, and that’s to advance to the NBA Finals,” Ramirez said. “Both teams have proven superstars. When the series is over, the Lakers will come up on top and go to the finals.” 

The Denver Nuggets struggled in the first four games against the Utah Jazz and the Clippers. The Nuggets were down both in the Utah and Clippers series 3-1 and came back to win 4-3.

The Nuggets and Lakers both have top offenses and can create opportunities. Shannon Sharpe, Fox Sports Analyst, proclaimed Lebron James, “the best player in NBA history.”

James is a former MVP and NBA champion. Anthony Davis is paired up with him. Davis is a multiple all-NBA defenseman and Olympic gold medalist. This Lakers team is known for their height and dominance in the rebound, NBA.com/stats reports. Not everyone gives the Lakers the edge.

Juan Flores is a business major who has been a Nuggets supporter for as long as he can remember. 

“Nuggets could win this series,” Flores said. “They have the deeper bench and they have a heart to them. I feel the Lakers at times don’t show that they want to win as much. Nuggets play free and as a team, which is important in the playoffs.”

The outcome of the current series decides who goes to the NBA Finals. Watching live at Staples Center is unfortunately not an option for Los Angeles basketball fans at this moment. 

LACC student Jairo García said he is looking forward to watching basketball after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Honestly, I don’t remember the last time a Denver team was in the Western Conference Finals,” García said. “The series would have been a great battle to watch live in the Staples Center.” 

Garica says the absence of fans removes the teams from the pressure of opposing chants and jeers.

“The bubble is fair. By ‘fair,’ I mean both teams get the same rest, they do not have home court advantage, and they don’t get to travel,” García said. “It will be very interesting watching these playoffs due to the fact that players are playing with these conditions for the first time in the NBA.” 

What could have been a great matchup to watch live is not possible for fans because of the pandemic. But it looks like fans’ enthusiasm is high and fans are ready to support their teams in the playoffs.

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