Sports Illustrated have reported that Kobe Bryant has gone on record as stating that the LA Lakers will make the 2013 season playoffs. Now as they are currently sitting in the ninth seed of the Western conference (only three games behind the eighth seeded Rockets), this seems like a reasonable claim. With that in mind lets take a look at Kobe’s comments on the Lakers push for the Playoffs.
“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will, and when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”
“We will make the playoffs, and we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game. We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass.
“OK, they have two great players (LeBron and Wade) who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.”
But now its time to look past the speculation and take note of the facts.
It is a generic term, yet one that is widely agreed upon by NBA analysts, and that is that it will take at least 47 regular season wins in order to make the playoffs and take the eighth seed of the NBA’s Western Conference.
The NBA regular season consists of 82 games, now having played 56 of those games the Lakers currently hold a record of 27-29, with 26 games remaining. this means in order for them to make the playoffs (finish with 47 wins) the Lakers must go 20-6 for the remainder of the regular season.
As if this task was not hard enough, the Lakers are still currently without their All-Star power forward Pau Gasol and the upcoming schedule looks tough. Amongst the 26 teams on the Lakers upcoming schedule they must face the OKC Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors(twice).
To make things even more interesting, the Lakers face the Houston Rockets in their last game of the regular season which could decide the eighth seed of the 2012/13 Western Conference.
So, is it possible for the Lakers to make the Playoffs? sure it is… Are Houston and Utah both Guaranteed playoff spots? of course there not… Do the Lakers have a tough uphill battle with all the odds stacked against them? No Doubt!
Will the Lakers make the 2013 NBA playoffs? only time will tell….
For an in depth explanation and discussion on this quote by Kobe Bryant please listen to this weeks edition of ‘The Phil Naessens Show’ as I sit down with Phil Naessen to discuss all of this and much more.
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