It seems like it was just yesterday that the San Antonio Spurs were sliding and the Lakers having been on a tear winning 17 of 18 games after the all-star break, were on their heels just 2.5 games back. As we near the conclusion of the regular season the Spurs are back to their winning ways, and the Lakers are heading in the other direction.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the hottest and most complete teams in the NBA and are finishing up the season playing their best basketball. If there’s one team that could shock the world in the West it is the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With the addition Perkins, the emergence of Ibaka and James Harden showing he’s one of the best sixth men in the NBA, the Thunder now have all the tools they previously lacked in order to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant comprise one of the best one-two combos in the league and have proven unstoppable for much of the season, expect the same in the playoffs.
The Lakers do have an opportunity to right the ship by winning on Tuesday against the Spurs and Wednesday against the Kings. The Lakers own the tiebreaker with both Oklahoma and Dallas so if they win out, they’ll still lock up the second seed.
It’s a good thing Kobe Bryant thinks home court advantage is overrated because the Lakers can kiss that goodbye this year.