Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
USA Today Sports Media Group
USA Today Sports Media Group
Robert Marvi

Kenny Smith: The Lakers are a sleeper team in the Western Conference

The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to make a major statement on Wednesday when they faced the Los Angeles Clippers; they lost, 125-118.

Still, they’re 14-7 since the All-Star break, which is one of the best records in the NBA during that span, and a growing number of people have been considering them as championship contenders over the last few weeks.

Buy Lakers Tickets

On “Inside the NBA” on Thursday, host Ernie Johnson asked the crew who they thought could reach the NBA Finals out of the Western Conference, and Kenny Smith said the Lakers were one of his picks, albeit as a sleeper team.

Los Angeles is 41-39 and in seventh place in the Western Conference. It still has a path to finishing sixth and bypassing the play-in tournament, although that path has narrowed significantly after the loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.

But regardless of where they finish in the standings, the Lakers will be a big concern for whomever they face in the playoffs, should they get there.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.