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Should Laker fans be worried about falling 0-1 to the Suns?

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Chris Haynes and Vincent Goodwill look back at the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. LeBron James and Anthony Davis failed to deliver strong games; should fans be worried that the defending champs may get bounced in the first round?

Hear the full conversation on Posted Up with Chris Haynes. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.

Video Transcript

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CHRIS HAYNES: Lakers look old and slow. They look old, slow, beat up. These Suns look energetic. They're youthful, athletic. I still think this series is going to potentially go the distance. But if I'm a Laker fan, there was nothing about that game that I seen and am like, you know what? There are some positives I can take. I didn't see any of that.

Like if you're looking for that silver lining or something like that, like looking for some good news that you can go into game 2 with, I didn't see it. I really did.

VINCENT GOODWILL: You think the chance of getting knocked out in the first around?

CHRIS HAYNES: The Lakers?

VINCENT GOODWILL: Yeah.

CHRIS HAYNES: I'm not-- I'm not saying that.

VINCENT GOODWILL: OK.

CHRIS HAYNES: I'm not saying that.

VINCENT GOODWILL: I was just trying to help you. If you was going out on that ledge, I was trying to make sure you walked it back.

CHRIS HAYNES: No. No, you were trying to push me. That's what you trying to do, push me off that damn ledge. You talk about walking back. You weren't helping me.

And damn, Vince, these fans, man-- this is my first time being in the arena where it looked like it was a full house. It-- it was packed in there, man. You know, everybody's just so excited to be in this arena for the first time, and the fact that the Suns ain't been to the playoffs in like forever--

VINCENT GOODWILL: Yep.

CHRIS HAYNES: --they were on the Lakers' head last night. It got so bad that there were at least-- I saw about three different altercations that almost led to fights in the stands, Lakers-Suns fans. You know, Lakers--

VINCENT GOODWILL: Yeah.

CHRIS HAYNES: These Laker fans are--

VINCENT GOODWILL: Right, right, right.

CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Basically what you're saying is-- let's bring it back-- you don't believe that Anthony Davis can play better or that he will play better enough to have an impact, that LeBron won't get better as the series goes on, and that Frank Vogel won't make the proper adjustments.

CHRIS HAYNES: OK. So what I see-- what I see in A.D.-- and he put it on himself. He said that game is on me. So I expect him to come out with a little-- little bit more aggressiveness. With that being said, we know A.D. is not-- offensively is not this physical specimen. He doesn't like to go by the body. You know, he's more finesse with his offensive game.

While you got Jae Crowder there, somebody who's small, but somebody who's sturdy, like--

VINCENT GOODWILL: Like PJ Tucker last year.

CHRIS HAYNES: Like PJ Tucker. Sticking wood at you, bodying every single time. And so for players who don't like that contact, what do they tend to do? They tend to shoot jumpers.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Yep.

CHRIS HAYNES: Shoot fadeaways.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Yep.

CHRIS HAYNES: So if A.D.'s shot is not on, he's not going to get going, unless he's crashing the offensive glass and doing all that stuff. So that's what he has to do.

LeBron on the other hand-- LeBron said when he got back, he's not going to be 100% right this season with that ankle injury. He's not going to be right. Last year, he wasn't-- you know, unless he was in transition, he wasn't going to the basket. You know, he would post up, but really couldn't finish his post ups. He would pass out. Like he was not aggressive. And I don't know if that's a physical ailment he's dealing with. I don't know what it is.

But that's why I say I still think the series is going to go the distance. But to your point, yes, those two can play better, but I just didn't see anything positive that I can say, oh, that worked. Let's do that even more in game 2. I didn't see it.

VINCENT GOODWILL: I don't disagree with you. But here's the important thing. All they got to do is win one game in Phoenix. Like they didn't lose a home game. And I think people naturally think, start of the playoff series, Lakers are at home. No, no. This is what happens. If you're the underdog, if you're the road team, you're going to lose a game on the road.

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