"If the Clippers could play the Lakers every playoff game, the Clippers would win the NBA championship."
Apr 2, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) dribbles up court during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
There are some strong lower seeds in the NBA this season.
May 14, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) and guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
You can never count out LeBron James, but it's hard to see a team other than the Rockets or Warriors hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Apr 25, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates his game-winning three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports