kenzo wrote:Looks like Houston in the 1st, Thunder next. Will Lowry be back for the first round?
Weezy wrote:We're only 4 1/2 games ahead of the 8th spot, with again, some tough games coming up, I have no idea where we're going to end up at this point. I'd like to see us somehow hang onto the 3 spot if we want to have any hope in the playoffs though.
snackdaddy wrote:I don't see us taking the 3rd seed. With 9 games remaining, I count 4 sure losses. 3 with the Spurs and 1 with the Thunder. That means the best we can do is 40 wins and 26 losses. Odds are, we will falter against one or two other teams and that would make 38 or 39 wins.
Memphis has 11 games left and looking at their schedule, they should win at least 8. That makes 40. We could easily slip out of the top 4, but as long as the Clippers are number 4, thats OK. I don't think the Clippers can beat the Lakers and the Lakers wouldn't be traveling.
The Lakers really have no chance at SA or OK city. But thats OK too, because I never thought they were more than a 2nd round playoff team. Maybe during the offseason, Mitch will realize the bench was the biggest problem and address that.
wcsoldier81 wrote:No way we'll finish 3rd , look at Memphis remaining schedule ... they have one tough back to back at SA and that's it...
at Spurs (b2b)
at Hornets (b2b)
vs Hornets (b2b)
vs Blazers (b2b)
The Rock wrote:I have a feeling we might get Denver in 1st round. I dont see Clippers and Memphis changing out of hte 4/5 slot. Im sure Dallas wants no part of us after going 0-4 vs us in the regular season and they might go to the 7 spot to challenge San Antonio. I think Utah will sneak in ahead of Houston in the 8 spot.
davriver290 wrote:The Rock wrote:I have a feeling we might get Denver in 1st round. I dont see Clippers and Memphis changing out of hte 4/5 slot. Im sure Dallas wants no part of us after going 0-4 vs us in the regular season and they might go to the 7 spot to challenge San Antonio. I think Utah will sneak in ahead of Houston in the 8 spot.
I want Houston........... Or Dallas. One of those two teams. I'm tired of playing Denver in the postseason.
jlkr wrote:Given the Lakers' strength in the post, I would prefer Dallas or Denver in the 1st round. Houston seems to be pretty good at giving the Lakers fits with their defense.
Definitely do not want Memphis at any time, they are the only team in the West that can flat out compete with the Lakers in the post plus they have Tony Allen to lead the perimeter defense in pestering Kobe. I'm not nearly as afraid of OKC or SA because the Lakers have the clear advantage in the post over both of those teams.
Regarding SA, I don't think they can match the Lakers in a 7 game series even if they play a lot better than they did in the blowout loss last week. The Lakers' strength in the post will wear Duncan down. The rebounding edge might not be 60-33 like last time, but it will still be sizable. A real hurdle for SA to overcome.
Regarding OKC, given MWP's resurgence, Durant will still score, but he'll have to work hard at both ends of the floor. Westbrook is the OKC X-factor as no Laker can stop him from getting his shots. Ibaka will be prominent part of their help defense in the post, but Bynum is slowly but surely getting better against the double teams. So it will be a thrilling series which I now expect to go to 7 games if the Lakers play as well as they have recently and Kobe can stay healthy.
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