Brian Windhorst: “The Lakers can win the title this year but they have to run the perfect race”

In an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, the analyst Brian Windhorst discussed the differences between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers:

“Yes [there is a big gap], because I think that the Clippers depth is spectacular, now they have to stay healthy. I was talking to a guy who’s been around the NBA for decades. I feel like I’m gonna be talking about this exact analogy for the next eight months. The Lakers can win the title this year, but they have to run the perfect race. They have to get out not too fast, not too slot; no injuries, stay in the path, save your energy for the end, they can do it, but it’s gotta be perfect. Their margin for error was narrower.

You look at the Clippers, they still have this core you mentioned. When they go to their bench, they go to two of the best bench guys in the league. (…) We don’t even remember Landry Shamet, JaMychal Green, they are too deep at every position that I just don’t think the Lakers are there. I wouldn’t grade the Clippers way ahead in terms of titles odds, but I think the Clippers are a better team,” Windhorst said.