Sport Roundtable: Lakers should be very concerned about their NBA playoffs prospects
NBA Power Rankings: Joel Embiid powers 76ers into top spot
The red-hot Clippers remain in second, followed by the Jazz and Suns. 1. 76ers (39-18 Last Week No. 4). Beating the shorthanded Nets put Philadelphia in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed in the East, then a win over the Clippers (also shorthanded, although so were the 76ers) cemented their contender status and put Philly atop these rankings (we’re not holding the loss to the tornado that is Stephen Curry against them). Joel Embiid is dominating again and thrusting himself back into the MVP conversation with his recent play, averaging 34.
LeBron James made his feelings known about the NBA play-in game earlier this week, “Whoever came up with that (expletive) needs to be fired.”
But the NBA may be celebrating all the talk that the play-in game has generated.
Of course, part of the reason James was led to rip the play-in format is because of the very real possibility that the Lakers may finish with the No. 7 seed and have to go through the play-in tournament to get into the postseason. They enter the Wednesday game’s as the No. 6 seed, tied with the Mavericks and ahead of the No. 7 Portland Trail Blazers by just one game.
Steve Kerr comments on viral video of Klay Thompson
Combining the injuries with the difficulties of the pandemic, and the return of the fans, was probably enough to put Thompson in a tough spot emotionally. Even though he hasn’t been playing, he has still been very involved with the Warriors.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
The danger facing the Lakers is part of the focus of the USA Today video roundtable. USA TODAY'smoderated a roundtable discussion featuring and of USA TODAY and of The Arizona Republic.
The panel also discussed triple-double machine Russell Westbrook and the impact he’s having with the Washington Wizards as well as why the Phoenix Suns may need to finish with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference to ensure a championship run.
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