Los Angeles Lakers: Why the Golden State Warriors won’t dethrone the Lakers

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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Lakers
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2. The Los Angeles Lakers have such a size advantage over the Warriors

The NBA is turning into a three-point shooting league but the Los Angeles Lakers kind of broke that mold this season. While the Lakers took a lot of threes when they needed to and were able to hit them at a good enough clip, the Lakers were not and are not your traditional three-point shooting team.

They, instead, are one of the biggest teams in the league and bullied their opponents down low. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both have the athleticism of guards but are as big as a modern-day big man.

The team also had Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee to anchor down low. The best-case scenario for next season is Howard returning and DeMarcus Cousins re-signing a one-year deal. Cousins can space the floor and also provide that same anchor down low.

The Lakers are just so much bigger than the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors’ starting center, as it stands right now, is probably going to be Eric Paschall. Paschall had a solid rookie season but he is going to struggle against this Lakers team.

So, in theory, the Lakers have the necessary attributes to limit the Warriors’ biggest strengths while also having a huge advantage when it comes to their biggest strength as well.

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Seems like a nightmare matchup to me — for the Golden State Warriors.