Los Angeles Lakers: Ranking the 5 biggest threats to a repeat

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3. LA Clippers

The LA Clippers are a team that many assumed would dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA playoffs last season. We all know how their season ended, at the hands of the Denver Nuggets in a 3-1 series come back. However, as long as Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are healthy heading into the postseason, the Clippers are going to be viewed as a favorite to come out of the West.

Even more so if LeBron and Anthony Davis are still getting into the swing of things. And there’s no guarantee that they won’t be at this point.

I don’t think we can continue to completely count out the Clippers in the playoffs and, in fact, I believe that this team is the biggest threat to the Lakers in the playoffs in the Western Conference.