Warm up with Lakers-Blazers Game 2 previews and social media takes; Tip-off at 6

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Follow Southern California Newspaper Group reporters Kyle Goon and Mirjam Swanson as they cover the Lakers and Clippers in the NBA playoffs. 

Who: Lakers vs. Trail Blazers, Game 2, best-of-seven NBA playoffs, 6 p.m., (Blazers lead series, 1-0)

What: Follow Thursday night’s Lakers and Trail Blazers highlight thread. We’ll post the best of social media video highlights, emojis and reaction.


Kyle Goon’s pre-game previews and social media tweets …

“I slept good last night. It’s just basketball at the end of the day.”

The Lakers worked very hard to show how not panicked they are. While the threat of change is always in the air for playoff series, Frank Vogel said he’s still confident in his lineup: https://t.co/Kr95F6Wwk2

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) August 20, 2020

Lakers say they aren’t pressing panic button after loss to Blazers in Game 1

Three trends I’ll be following as the Lakers-Blazers series unfolds:

– Anthony Davis’ aggressiveness and how the Lakers scheme to get him to the rim
– How Portland’s rising confidence influences its play
– Oh yeah, how the Lakers shoot

Breakdown here: https://t.co/7lAzT26tuz

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) August 19, 2020

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers: Three trends to watch unfold in their NBA playoffs series

Rajon Rondo is questionable for Game 2 against the Blazers tomorrow.

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) August 19, 2020

It’s a lighter practice today for the guys who played heavy minutes in the rotation, but they guys who didn’t play are doing some full-court work, including Rajon Rondo. pic.twitter.com/VeHtBo0Lp9

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) August 19, 2020

What Portland media and pundits are saying ….

Trail Blazers vs. Lakers in Game 2: Los Angeles playoff problems, Damian Lillard’s dominance, LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony friendship, Rajon Rondo’s status https://t.co/cx6RhfVgoS pic.twitter.com/7cgvaDzVqI

— Oregonian Sports (@OregonianSports) August 20, 2020

Game 2 https://t.co/OgxdfanPd8

— Blazer’s Edge (@blazersedge) August 20, 2020


Tim Legler agrees with Paul Pierce: LeBron’s legacy will take a hit if LA loses to Portland.

“You can’t get upset by an 8 seed in the first round of the post-season when you’ve got a teammate like AD. … or else [the GOAT] conversation is going to be muted for a lot of people.” pic.twitter.com/mIQqJGcPAK

— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 20, 2020

“If the Lakers don’t win a championship, let alone lose in the first round, I don’t wanna hear none of this GOAT talk no more.”

—@paulpierce34 pic.twitter.com/xsDcvk4vQ3

— First Take (@FirstTake) August 19, 2020

“Damian Lillard is the best player in the NBA right now.”

—@stephenasmith pic.twitter.com/xqxRYAVEgw

— First Take (@FirstTake) August 19, 2020

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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