The Lakers finally picked up a much needed W and in conjunction with the Clippers loss to Sacramento, secured a spot in the playoffs. Most likely it will be as the 7th seed against Phoenix, but there is a chance it could be the 8th and a matchup with Dallas. Either way the Lakers have their work cut out for them. The Lakers close the season out at Sacramento on Wednesday night.
Once again it was a similar story. The Lakers jump out to a big lead, blow the lead and for the first time in a while they did not blow the game. Kobe ended up a very efficient 50 points which helped the cause as he shot 72% from the field for the game. Also surprising was the move by Phil Jackson to start Jordan Farmar over Smush Parker. Many Lakers fans, including myself, have been wanting this to happen for a while but to see it happen in the second to last regular seaosn game was surprising. Farmar had a decent game with 9 points and 3 assists in 28 minutes of play. We will have to wait and see how Phil handles the point guard situation in the playoffs. Shammond Williams who got a good amount of run a few weeks back has been non-existent, who knows how Smush will react to his benching at this late in the season and who knows how Farmar will fare in the playoffs. Kobe needs some help if the Lakers want to win because it will be difficult for Kobe to score 50 a game in the playoffs and it seems like that is the only way they win lately. Some other guys must step up otherwise the Lakers will be done in 4 games.