Can Luka Doncic and the Mavericks send the LA Clippers home early? Are the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks headed for a Game 7 inside Madison Square Garden? Can the NBA-best Utah Jazz avoid an upset against Ja Morant and the young and hungry Memphis Grizzlies? After bouncing back from a Game 1 loss, are the Los Angeles Lakers hitting their stride against the Phoenix Suns?
Our NBA Insiders are breaking down their six biggest takeaways from the first six days of the postseason. Rather than finding themselves in a fight, the Bucks have instead smashed the Heat to smithereens in both Game 2 and 3 after escaping from Game 1 with an overtime victory.
– Tim MacMahon
The Lakers look like the Lakers again …play2:48Lakers roll past Suns to take 2-1 series lead
Anthony Davis scores 34 points, LeBron James adds 21, and Devin Booker and Jae Crowder are both ejected before the game ends in the Lakers’ 109-95 win over the Suns.
Injury absences had derailed the second half of their season, and in both the play-in game against the Golden State Warriors and Game 1 against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers didn’t look quite right. The Lakers won a hard-fought game on the road by seven points, but there were still questions as to whether the Suns’ loss might have been more attributable to Chris Paul’s shoulder injury than the Lakers’ strength.