If the NBA had been to finish its common season Monday afternoon (that is a factor now due to COVID-19 protocols), then the reigning champion Lakers can be the sixth seed within the West for the 2021 playoffs.
However the league is urgent ahead and the ultimate two weeks are a go for now. LA could have bother holding onto that spot because of this.
LeBron James is working his manner again from an ankle sprain and the staff is relearning find out how to play with he and Anthony Davis. The Lakers misplaced 121-114 to the Raptors at dwelling on Sunday night time to fall to 0-2 since James’ return, and so they’ll host the Nuggets on Monday.
They’re dangerously near falling right into a 7-8 sport within the NBA’s play-in event. LA (36-28) is tied with the Path Blazers for sixth and the groups will meet Friday in Portland. The winner will acquire the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Lakers maintain the tiebreaker in the meanwhile with a greater convention file.
James instructed reporters Sunday that it will not matter the place the Lakers are seeded if he is not no less than near full energy for the postseason, however he is not thrilled that there are play-in video games on the whole.
“It does not matter on the finish of the day if I am not 100%, near 100%, it (does not) matter the place we land. That is my mindset,” he mentioned. “If it occurs that we find yourself at sixth or fifth or regardless of the case could also be, or if we find yourself within the playoff, no matter that . . . factor is — whoever got here up with that s— must be fired, however no matter.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was speaking up a play-in event in 2019 and staff house owners had been reviewing proposals way back to 2018. James was towards the thought of a play-in when it was first floated.
He additionally steered in March 2020, within the early days of the NBA’s coronavirus hiatus, that the groups battling for the ultimate spot within the West ought to play a round-robin to determine it. The league finally held an 8-9 sport within the Orlando bubble final summer season. The Blazers beat the Grizzlies in that sport after which misplaced to the Lakers in 5 video games within the first spherical.
Now James’ staff may need to play its manner into this 12 months’s playoffs underneath the same format. You may perceive why he’d need somebody to lose their job over that.