By even fans’ own admissions, this has been arguably the least enjoyable Lakers season ever. Given the expectations, the injuries and the woeful underperforming all season long, the final days and weeks of this season have dragged on for what feels like forever.
That’s the subject of our question for this week’s SB Nation Reacts survey.
As recently as last week, my strongly-held belief was to not let this season drag on. Even if the team reached the play-in game, there was no chance they were going to win back-to-back road games to even make the playoffs when they had lost 11 straight at the time.
But as LeBron James continues to do things only LeBron could, my belief is no longer strongly held. And with James in Year 19 and at 37 years old, we don’t know how many more of these stretches he’ll be capable of.
Will his brilliance be enough to push the Lakers over the top in those play-in games? Maybe not. It’s barely been enough to keep them competitive without Anthony Davis. But when it feels like he’s capable of exploding for 50 points on any given night, it feels like the Lakers have a chance.
Am I ready to go as far as to say I want them to be in the play-in game? I’m still on the fence. The idea of the Timberwolves or Clippers being the one to eliminate this team from the play-in game isn’t a pleasant one. The idea of LeBron dropping 50 points to eliminate them from the playoffs, though? That is a pleasant notion, and one that I’m starting to lean more towards.
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