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Triple Play: Dodgers, Lakers Begin Championship Push On Big Night In LA Sports




The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their win and receive a trophy for Western Finals Champions against Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals.
The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their win and receive a trophy for Western Finals Champions against Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals.
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If ever there was a year that Los Angeles could use a championship, 2020 is it.

News of Laker legend Kobe Bryant’s passing in a helicopter crash that also killed his daughter Gianna and seven others rocked Los Angeles just 26 days into the new year. Nine months later, the Lakers are set to tip off in the 2020 NBA Finals tonight in Orlando where they’ll take on the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in the first of a seven game series. All eyes are on Lebron James, who is playing in his 10th career NBA finals, and Anthony Davis, who averaged 28.8 points per game and delivered one of the Lakers’ signature 2020 playoff moments with his buzzer beating shot to win Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. 

Not to be outdone or forgotten, the Dodgers also take the national stage tonight to start their World Series push. The Dodgers host the Brewers tonight at Chavez Ravine in Game 1 of their five game National League Division Series after securing their eight consecutive NL West title during the abbreviated regular season. Young fireballer Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers, who would love to exorcise the demons of their recent past, which include several stacked teams that ultimately couldn’t get the job done and one 2017 squad that probably feels like it was cheated out of a championship following the revelations about the Houston Astros cheating scheme that they used during the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll reconvene the Triple Play to preview a big night in Los Angeles sports. What will you be watching? What would a World Series or NBA Finals win mean for you as a fan? For the city of Los Angeles? Join the live conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Guests: 

A. Martinez, host of KPCC’s “Take Two”; he tweets @amartinezLA

Nick Roman, host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered”; he tweets @RomanOnTheRadio