Yesterday was a really exciting day in the NBA for fans of the Lakers.
Because the Rockets lost a critical game on Monday, there were now a number of “if/then” scenarios that determined 1) whether or not the Lakers would make the playoffs and 2) if they did, who they’d play.
Basically, if they beat the Rockets yesterday, they’d be the 7th seed and play the 2nd seed, the Spurs (who everyone thinks they actually have a shot at beating). If they lost AND Utah lost their game to the Grizzlies, they’d be the 8th seed and play the Thunder (who everyone thinks they’ll definitely not have a shot at beating). But, if they beat the Rockets AND the Jazz beat the Grizzlies, the Lakers wouldn’t make the playoffs. Sheesh! With me, still?
Anyway, to cut to the chase, Utah lost their game (boohoo so sad NOT) and guaranteed that the Lakers would play in the post-season. Then, despite an amazing last-minute (like, last-half-minute, if we’re being technical) three point shot from Chandler Parsons that pushed their game into overtime and despite two of their starters out (Kobe & Nash), Pau + D-wight (ha) + team still made it happen and the Lakers are not only going to the playoffs, but they’re going in as the 7th seed and playing the Spurs!!!
After the game, Kobe addressed all the skeptics who had doubted the Lakers would make the playoffs in the first place with this tweet:
He made a big statement a few months back promising that the Lakers would make it, and now he gets to enjoy his “I told you so,” broadcast all over the world via social media.
Tim Duncan? We’re coming!!!