RushDelivery wrote:The Lakers do not have an easy schedule over the last 12 games, so the 8th seed is far from locked up:
@ Golden State
@ Milwaukee (2nd of B2B)
@ LA Clippers
vs New Orleans
@ Portland (2nd of B2B)
vs Golden State
vs San Antonio
Going 6-6 isn't that unrealistic considering the Lakers struggle with teams with winning records, although if they manage to regain some of their composure they could do better.
Let's hope the Spurs have the 1st seed locked up so they rest their starters, and that the Lakers continue to dominate Golden State, which will help push that possible 6-6 record to a more palpable 8-4.
That was the slim and none when speaking of the margin of error versus the sub-.500 teams. Sigh ...
HOU won so they and GS are both 3 losses ahead of the Lakers. Lakers could win all the games they have left against these two, but they'll still need help to overtake them for better than 8th.
Other news: both DAL and POR won tonight so both are now just 2 losses behind the Lakers. Lakers lead head to head against DAL 2-1 with 1 left at home. If Lakers lost that one and finished tied with DAL, it is conceivable they could still win on better WC record, but not a given.
Other news part 2: Lakers lead head to head against POR 2-1 with 1 left @POR (2nd of b2b set). Lakers are tied with POR in WC record. Meaning it would not be good to finished tied with POR, assuming they take the Lakers in their last matchup, as POR would likely finish ahead of Lakers in WC record.
Lakers are now 9-5 in this tough 18 game stretch that featured 12 road games to 6 home games between Feb 24 and March 30. Realistically, they go 2-2 on this last road trip, but they really need 3-1. No margin for error and all that ...
This last road trip will be a tough one.@GS will be very motivated as the Lakers have handled them to this point, @MIL at the back end of a b2b set, then @SAC, that is the 4th road game in 6 nights for those old legs, that will not be an easy one either.
In April, only one opponent is clearly out of the playoffs, on the bright side, only one game away from Staples, but the Clips have the Lakers numbers, Memphis plays excellent defense and has yet another PG who can burn the Lakers, @POR on the back end of yet another b2b set and we're left hoping SA and HOU are coasting at the end. Nailbiter to the bitter end ...