Lakers Clinch First Seed
The Los Angeles Lakers have officially clinched the number one seed in the Western Conference playoff race with their 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz. The Lakers are 2-1 in their bubble games and have a 51-15 record for the season. The Los Angeles Clippers are behind the Lakers with a 45-22 record.
The highest of highs for the Lakers has been the play of superstar forward, Anthony Davis. Over the Lakers’ last three games, Davis has averaged 30 points, 8.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Davis exploded in the last contest against the Jazz for 42 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Alex Caruso has also been a high point for LA, not necessarily on the offensive end, but defensively. It doesn’t show in the stats (other than against the Toronto Raptors) but Caruso has been a monster on D. Caruso is always willing to put his body on the line for the sake of the team and that is such an important aspect for any player.
The final high point so far in the bubble would be the below average play of LeBron James. That’s right, James’ below average play is a high point. LeBron has averaged 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Lakers last three games. This isn’t poor play by any means, but it is below LeBron’s normal production. This is good because that means other players are producing for the Lakers. LeBron always changes gears for the playoffs, any basketball fan knows this. Good luck, Western Conference.
The Lakers face a tough next three games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and Indiana Pacers, all still fighting for their playoff positioning. After that, the Lakers will end their bubble play against the Denver Nuggets and struggling Sacramento Kings.
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