The Los Angeles Lakers enter tonight's game, against the Sacramento Kings, with their playoff position secured. With the Clippers losing on Tuesday, (and again last night, lulz) the Lakers won the Pacific Division and clinched the 3rd seed in the West.
With literally nothing on the line tonight, the smartest thing the Lakers could do is rest their players, and that's just what Mike Brown intends to do. Via ESPN LA:
With the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs already locked up heading into Thursday's regular-season finale against the Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff is planning to sit the team's stars and use the game as a talent evaluator for its young players.
"We'll probably rest guys, but it won't just be me saying, 'Hey, I'm going to sit you down,' " Lakers coach Mike Brown said after practice on Wednesday. "I give guys some ownership in this."
Well done, Mike Brown. Of course, Kobe Bryant will likely play tonight since he only sits out when he's injured.
"I'm not on vacation," Bryant told reporters in San Antonio after his first game back in the lineup. "I was hurt. If I'm healthy, I play."
In any case, it's good that the Lakers youngsters will get some playing time, we may even have an Eyenga sighting. We'll keep an eye on all that plus have a proper game preview up a little later today.
It's been a crazy schedule, with BasketballOverload setting in a few times, so it's good to finally see this thing come to an end. ONWARD!!!