With the Lakers not playing a basketball game for another 48hrs, there is nothing to do but watch as other potential playoff teams battle for position. The Lakers currently sit 3rd in the West, just a game-and-a half ahead of the Clippers. If the playoffs were to start today, the 6th-Seed Nuggets would be our first round opponent. The Lakers won the season-series 3-1 against Denver.
Here is a breakdown of what could transpire for the 6th Seed, via Lakers.com:
Denver defeated Orlando on Sunday evening to improve to 36-28 on the season, one half game ahead of Dallas (36-29), with two games to play at Oklahoma City and Minnesota. Since the Mavericks own the tiebreaker, they can get the No. 6 seed with a win in their final game at Atlanta and one Nuggets loss. Denver will get the No. 6 seed to face the No. 3 team by going 2-0, or 1-1 should Dallas lose to Atlanta. The Hawks are thus quite important in the Western seedings, as they face both the Clippers and Mavericks to close the season.
On the Lakers side, they NEED to win at Sacramento to maintain the 3rd Seed or else they fall to the 4th Seed. Here is the breakdown, via Lakers.com:
If LAL (41-24) wins its final game at Sacramento on Thursday, or if the Clippers (40-24) lose at either Atlanta or New York, the three seed goes to the Purple and Gold, who hold the tiebreaker over the Clips thanks to a 2-1 season series win.With the win over OKC, the Lakers also clinched – at worst – the No. 4 seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Even with a loss at Sacramento and 2-0 finishes for both the Clippers and Grizzlies (39-25), LAL would match a possible 41-25 Memphis record (the Lakers also own the tiebreaker against the Grizz).
Switching gears now to Metta World Peace, as of last night the NBA had not ruled on MWP's suspension. Expect the league office to issue a statement today regarding the suspension and the reasoning behind it. Don't be surprised if the number of games goes above 5, as the NBA might look to set an example for all future incidents. This whole thing has been really terrible, anyway you put it.