LeBron James sounds like he wants to raise another banner for the Los Angeles Lakers.
With LeBron James speaking to the Staples Center crowd ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ home game vs. the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, it was apparent he was not content on just getting to the NBA Playoffs this year; he wants to win back-to-back NBA Finals for the Lakers.
Before tipoff on Wednesday night, the Lakers raised their 2019-20 NBA Championship banner at Staples Center. While James and power forward Anthony Davis did not play in the game, Los Angeles improved to 40-30 on the year with two games left in the regular season. The Lakers are a game back of the Portland Trail Blazers for the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
These final two regular-season games could set the Lakers up for another championship run.
LeBron James believes the Los Angeles Lakers will repeat as NBA champions
The Lakers’ final two regular-season games are at the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and at the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Depending on how those two games shake out, Los Angeles can be as high as the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference or have to settle for a seventh-place finish and take part in the play-in tournament. Either way, the Lakers should still make the playoffs.
If the Lakers are able to avoid the play-in tournament and get in as a top-six seed, they will face either the LA Clippers or the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Should they have to play in the play-in tournament, they would be the No. 7 team and probably face the Golden State Warriors in the No. 7 vs. No. 8 game. They would need to win one of two play-in games to make the playoffs.
As long as the Lakers get out of the play-in tournament, they have the star power to win it all.