With two wins behind Spurs and an unfavorable tiebreak, the Lakers must win three games more than San Antonio in their last four encounters to reach play-in.
Obviously, Frank Vogel’s squad needs to win at least three games (in Phoenix, in Golden State, against Oklahoma City and in Denver) if San Antonio loses its last four games (in Denver, in Minnesota, against Golden State and in Dallas). † If the Spurs only win one game, then the Lakers have to win their last four games. And if San Antonio wins at least two games, Los Angeles can’t do anything.
Even if the Thunder is already on vacation and Phoenix doesn’t have much to play by the end of the regular season, the chances of the Lakers returning to the Top 10 are very slim. According to FiveThirtyEight, the odds of seeing LeBron James and his band in the playoffs are only 0.2% at this time of the season…
And for Anthony Davis, it’s already time for regrets.
“What I personally think about most is what we could have been if we had stayed healthy all year”† said the strong wingerwho has missed 39 of Los Angeles’ 78 games due to various physical problems. “What we could have been… Guys say, ‘What could we have been if I’d been healthy all year, if… [LeBron James] had been in good health, if [Kendrick] Nunn was in good health. You think about these things. We put this team together and it looked good on paper, but we haven’t had a chance to reach that potential with guys coming in and out of the big five. So the most frustrating thing about this season is we’re not sure what we could have been. †
Anthony Davis isn’t 100% tracking his major sprain either, but while LeBron James treats his ankle, the interior has decided to come back anyway to try and grab the “play-in.”
“They said my condition couldn’t get any worse”he explained about his injury on the advice of the Lakers medical staff. “Once I hear that, it can’t get any worse, so you just have to get out there and make sure the foot is comfortable enough to play.”
While the loss to the Nuggets was far from the worst in recent weeks, one wonders if the Lakers aren’t already in the mood for vacation. To turn the page of this nightmare season ASAP.
“There are no moral victories in this competition. Especially with us,” replied Anthony Davis. “The whole world wants to see us lose, to be honest. But my job is to be on the pitch and help these guys help win and I think our morale is very high in the locker room. We will keep fighting.”