In one week’s work, time off that should have been spent resting the old bones of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers have been blown out by the Phoenix Suns, they blew what should have been a decisive win at home by the Washington Wizards, and they should have been blown out by the Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Warriors loss was especially galling, Los Angeles played terrible defense and impatient offense and only made a game of it late once the young Warriors weirdly decided to stop running after misses.
Seven days, three losses, and suddenly the lower part of the West’s playoff bracket is worth paying attention to. The rolling Houston Rockets are in no danger of falling out of seventh place, so it will come down to the perplexing Lakers, the improving Dallas Mavericks, and the frustrating Utah Jazz for that final spot in the West. The Lakers currently hold the last spot, up a game on Utah and a game and a half up on Dallas, but as we’ve learned dozens of times during this odd 2012-13 season, anything can happen with Los Angeles. Anything that’s mostly awful.
Can anything happen with Dallas, or Utah? Let’s figure this out.Read More »from Look out, Lakers: Breaking down the race for the West’s eighth seed