Re: NATE > Knicks
I don't think Laker fans should give up on making the playoffs just yet. If Nash returns, there's a good chance that they'll play better as a TEAM without Kobe. Emphasis on "As a TEAM." Nash running the show like he did in Phoenix without having to defer to Kobe with Pau and Dwight working the inside-out game.
But it'll be tough regardless. Their last two are at home against the Spurs and Rockets. Two of the premier offensive teams in the league, and it's well-known that the Lakers are an atrocious defensive team. While the Jazz's last two are one at Minnesota and then playing Memphis at home. Which isn't easy either considering the Jazz are a terrible road team and Memphis is much, much better than the Jazz.
With two games left for each team and the Lakers having a one game lead, in order for the Jazz to make the playoffs they have to finish with a better record than the Lakers. So if the Lakers go 2-0 in their last 2, the Jazz are done. If the Lakers go 1-1, then the Jazz must go 2-0. If the Lakers go 0-2 then the Jazz have to go at worst 1-1. Let's not forget that if the Lakers miss the playoffs, the Suns will get their lottery pick. Shall be interesting.
Last edited by Earl the Red Nosed Reindeer; 04-13-2013 at 11:16 AM.