The Los Angeles Lakers have arrived at their destination: Game 82. They wrapped up their home schedule with a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, and have headed up to the Bay Area to end their season against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors once again ran away with the regular season, notching 66 wins and thrashing the league even with Kevin Durant pretty much all of their post All-Star break winning streak. They eclipsed the top-seed in the East’s (Boston Celtics) win-total by double-digits.
It was another smooth regular season for them, which means they’ll be resting Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala in the last game of the NBA season. The Lakers will take the help as they end the year with a back-to-back.
LA will be without D’Angelo Russell, as expected. He remains in Louisville with family, which means the final shot of his sophomore season was a game-winner in tribute to his grandmother who passed away early Sunday morning.
Metta World Peace had his own magic moment — the Lakers seem to be quite good at these if you also consider Kobe Bryant’s final game — in STAPLES Center in what may have been his final home game as a Laker. Now, it could be his final game as an NBA player. Period.
It’s been a crazy 82-game season, with some great ups to start things off, a middle-portion of the season we’d all rather forget, and an unpredictable ending.
Thank you to everyone who continued coming to this corner of the Internet to feast on Lakers goodness, my fellow writers for creating phenomenal content all year, and all Laker fans who’ve stuck with the purple and gold even when the chips have been low these last few seasons.
We made it. Enjoy the last game of the season.
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet