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Lakers or Clippers: Which L.A. team can least afford to go down 0-2? | First Take

Lakers or Clippers: Which L.A. team can least afford to go down 0-2? | First Take Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Kendrick Perkins discuss which team can least afford to go down 0-2 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers. #FirstTake #NBA More on ESPN.com:

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  1. The Goat

    May 24, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    If the Clippers lose I can’t wait to see where Kawhi goes

    • Jason Williams

      May 24, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      @krakenz playz personally I think he’d be okay even being the third option as long as they’re winning, he might even go back to DPOY type play since he won’t be asked to score as much

    • Jason Williams

      May 24, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      @The Goat Yh I think that’d be even better for the league overall though, they’d be a tough fight but not completely dominant

    • Kaliba King

      May 24, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Lakers or Heat

    • Kaliba King

      May 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      @Jason Williams u sure they can afford Klay Green Curry Kahwi

    • Jason Williams

      May 24, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      @Kaliba King nah they can’t, realistically it would have to be a sign and trade or something with draymond and wiggs out for kawhi who’ll want the max. Could work but prolly unlikely b

  2. Sports 311

    May 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    The Clippers are facing a Maverick team that is absolutely confident in beating them

    • Slimeball1

      May 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      FACTS💯

    • optimus prime

      May 24, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      so are the lakers… whats ur point?

  3. M Charge

    May 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    max keeps schooling them, they just picking on him for fun smh

  4. Truth Serum

    May 24, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Perkins the Leflopsexual. Let’s be honest nobody literally NOBODY remembers Perkins as a great player, he was an ok role player at best.🤫🤫🤫

    • Shasanka Madduri

      May 24, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      ratio

    • Basketball Dude

      May 24, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      Well obviously. I’ve never heard someone say that Perkins was a great player lol

    • Eazy Money Mane

      May 24, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      Hes a world champion, Perkins had a successful career in the NBA, the ratio of making to the NBA and to maintain a 10 year plus career is dam near impossible, shout out to Big Perk

    • phillip muhumuza

      May 24, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      @Eazy Money Mane agreed

    • Kaliba King

      May 24, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Imagine hating on the 🐐 for no reason

  5. OTDA

    May 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Clippers 1000% is the answer, if they go down 0-2 then it’s gonna be in PG head and then it’s really a wrap

    • optimus prime

      May 24, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      that only depends on how pg plays. if he gets 25 points on good shooting and they still lose game 2, he is still gonna be confident

  6. Red Yoshi187

    May 24, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    The Lakers can’t afford to go down 2-0 to this Suns team, all Suns have to do, is win game 2, win ONE of games 3-4, go up 3-1, and have 3 attempts at closing them out, the Suns can win this

  7. Red Yoshi187

    May 24, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    So Stephen A can interrupt Max while he’s speaking, and 5 seconds later tells Max, “don’t U interrupt me while I ask” stfu Stephen A U always interrupt Max and change subjects on him at all costs to prevent him from sayin his argument entirely, so U don’t get schooled as bad, we all notice it, check the comments lol

    • N0 Lethalzz

      May 24, 2021 at 5:52 pm

      max is right majority of the time anyways 😂

  8. Raymond Bermea

    May 24, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    I think the Lakers will be down 0-2 losing both games in Phoenix. Because the Lakers are the 7th seed and 2 seeds win the series over 7 seeds 91% of the time.

    • LeGoat Sharpe

      May 24, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      but it’s different circumstances though a 7 seed is favored over a 2 seed

  9. egghead37able

    May 24, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    None. So if either go down 0-2, it’s over

    • Patrick M.

      May 24, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      It’s more over for the Clippers than for the Lakers. And that was the question.

  10. Hasani MusicOfficial

    May 24, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I think both are equally bad tbh… if they lose in the 1st round it’s an upset! If they go down 0-2 both will be in HUGE trouble.

  11. Jayden Morgan

    May 24, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    It’s def the Lakers y’all dissing the suns😭

  12. Slimeball1

    May 24, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Mavs in 5 or 6

    • You already Know

      May 24, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      hahahaha

  13. jaleel williams

    May 24, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    if first take had Rachel from the jump this show would be so much better i can’t stand molly

  14. Danny Keeler

    May 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Clippers can’t afford to go back to DALLAS TEXAS down 0-2 for 2 games where the crowd will be insane

    • Kaliba King

      May 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Fr

  15. Kaleb Pointer

    May 24, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Clippers

  16. FairPlay Jay

    May 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    You can trust LeBron to fight back down 0-2. He has earned the benefit of everyones doubt.

    The clippers are facing a team that absolutely believes they can get them up out of here. If KP can stay healthy, i can see the Mavs in 6. Clippers cannot afford to lose at all

  17. Moses De Leon

    May 24, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Max said they have Rondo LMAOOOO

  18. Adrian

    May 24, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    20 SECONDSSSSS!!!!

  19. optimus prime

    May 24, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    man watching these debates is kinda hard after a while. they are not even listening to each other and trying to agree or understand the others perspective (especially SAS).

  20. NBA2KLTT17

    May 24, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Clippers. Games 3 and 4 are in Dallas.

  21. Don 1

    May 24, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    This mavs/flippers series would’ve been very different last year had porzingis not gotten hurt. Luka is the best player in the series and that’s no longer up for debate.

  22. Kaliba King

    May 24, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Flippers

  23. ranky b

    May 24, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    i was thinking same thing last night. leBron could go down 0-3 and be fine, hes that experienced

  24. INFINITE UNIVERSE

    May 24, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Stephen A says, “We’re not knocking the Suns, we know the Suns can win the series”. This is after Perk opens his big mouth and says, “I’m not worried about LeBron James or this Laker team going up against the Suns, especially with a not healthy Chris Paul”. Clearly indicating Perk never gave the Suns a chance to win this series, and is in fact knocking the Suns. He’s sleeping on this #2 seeded Suns team, that has the NBA’s best road record and has a chip on their shoulder. A chip from being listed an underdog vs the Lakers, a team they finished 5 seeds above. Perk always picks LeBron anyway, so why bother bringing him on the show to ask him what he thinks?

  25. INFINITE UNIVERSE

    May 24, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Far too much of ESPN’s NBA coverage has turned into putting down other teams and players in order to prop up LeBron’s status. Max always claims Steph’s a choker in order to make LeBron look better. Perk always says the Lakers will win and always down plays other teams chances. There’s the network’s constant implication that the all-time GOAT debate is between LeBron and Jordan only. I realize that LB is your “Golden Boy” ESPN, but do a better job of at least trying not to sound biased every show.

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