With two victories behind the Spurs and an unfavorable “tiebreaker”, the Lakers must win three games more than San Antonio in the last four meetings to reach the “play-in”.
Clearly, Frank Vogel’s squad must win at least three games (at Phoenix, at Golden State, against Oklahoma City and at Denver) if San Antonio loses its last four duels (at Denver, at Minnesota, against Golden State and at Dallas). ). If the Spurs only win one game, then the Lakers will have to win their last four games. And if San Antonio wins at least two games, then Los Angeles won’t be able to do anything.
Even if the Thunder is already on vacation and that Phoenix does not have much to play in this end of the regular season, the chances that the Lakers return to the Top 10 are very low. According to FiveThirtyEight, the chances 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.
“The thing I think about the most, personally, is what we could have been, if we had stayed healthy all year”said the strong winger, who has missed 39 of Los Angeles’ 78 games due to various physical problems. “What we could have been… Guys are like, ‘What could we have been if I had been healthy all year, if [LeBron James] had been in good health, if [Kendrick] Nunn had been 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 major five. So the most frustrating part of this season is not being sure what we could have been. »
Anthony Davis is also not 100% following his big sprain, but while LeBron James is treating his ankle, the interior has decided to come back anyway to try to snatch the “play-in”.
“They said my condition could not get worse”he explained on the advice of the medical staff of the Lakers about his injury. “Once I hear that, it can’t get any worse, so you just have to go out there and make sure the foot is comfortable enough to play.”
Although the loss to the Nuggets was far from the worst in recent weeks, one wonders if the Lakers do not already have the spirit on vacation. To turn the page of this nightmare season as soon as possible.
“There are no moral victories in this league. Especially with us,” Anthony Davis replied. “The whole world wants to see us lose, to be honest. But my job is to be on the court and help these guys win and I think our morale is very high in the locker room. We will continue to fight. »