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Sport NBA playoff tracker: Lakers slide into play-in tournament territory

18:20  08 may  2021
18:20  08 may  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 7, 2021

  NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 7, 2021 Players in the COVID protocol are: Colorado's Devan Dubnyk and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov.Anaheim – TBA

Yahoo Sports will keep you updated nightly on the NBA playoff race during the last two weeks of the regular season. Check back daily for the latest movement in the standings, what to watch for and teams securing their 2020-21 playoff berths.

Friday's standings

Eastern Conference

1. Philadelphia 76ers (46-21)

2. Milwaukee Bucks (43-24, 3 GB)

3. Brooklyn Nets (43-24, 3 GB)

4. New York Knicks (37-30, 9 GB)

5. Atlanta Hawks (37-31, 9.5 GB)

6. Miami Heat (36-31, 10 GB)

Play-in tournament

7. Boston Celtics (35-32, 11 GB)

8. Charlotte Hornets (33-34, 13 GB)

9. Indiana Pacers (31-35, 14.5 GB)

10. Washington Wizards (31-36, 15 GB)

On the playoff bubble

11. Chicago Bulls (28-39, 18 GB)

NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 8, 2021

  NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 8, 2021 Players in the protocol are: Colorado's Devan Dubnyk and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov.Calgary – TBA

11. Toronto Raptors (27-40, 19 GB)

Western Conference

1. Utah Jazz (49-18)

2. Phoenix Suns (48-19, 1 GB)

3. Los Angeles Clippers (45-22, 4 GB)

4. Denver Nuggets (44-23, 5 GB)

5. Dallas Mavericks (39-28, 10 GB)

6. Portland Trail Blazers (37-29, 11 GB)

Play-in tournament

7. Los Angeles Lakers (37-30, 12 GB)


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8. Golden State Warriors (34-33, 15 GB)

9. Memphis Grizzlies (33-33, 15.5 GB)

10. San Antonio Spurs (32-34, 16.5 GB)

On the playoff bubble

11. New Orleans Pelicans (30-37, 19 GB)

12. Sacramento Kings (29-38, 20 GB)

Game of the night: Lakers slide into play-in tournament territory

Anthony Davis wearing a costume: The Lakers might have to take part in the play-in tournament. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The Lakers might have to take part in the play-in tournament. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

It was only a matter of time based on their recent play but the Los Angeles Lakers are now the seventh seed in the West following Friday's 106-101 loss to Portland. Anthony Davis was indeed healthy after playing only nine minutes in Thursday's loss to the Clippers — logging 36 points, 12 rebounds and five assists — but it wasn't enough for the LeBron-less Lakers. If LeBron James thought heads should roll for the play-in tournament concept, wait until we possibly get a Lakers-Warriors matchup with the loser needing a win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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  Opinion: Can LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers continue to thrive through adversity in postseason? The Lakers got the challenge they expected from the Warriors in the play-in, leaving them hopeful they can overcome any problems in the playoffs.The Los Angeles Lakers star had just fallen awkwardly after driving to the basket while Golden State Warriors defender Draymond Green defended him. The officials determined that Green did not commit a flagrant foul. He was simply just trying to defend in his intense nature. Still, Green inadvertently poked James in the eye, forcing him down for the count.

That's what the Lakers would be facing at the moment if the season ended today as the Trail Blazers' win gives them the tie regular-season tiebreaker. Here's what's ahead of the Lakers and Trail Blazers down the stretch:

Lakers:

May 9: Phoenix

May 11: New York

May 12: Houston

May 15: @ Indiana

May 16: @ New Orleans

Trail Blazers:

May 8: San Antonio

May 10: Houston

May 12: @ Utah

May 13: @ Phoenix

May 16: Denver

Performance of the night: Bojan Bogdanović

Bojan Bogdanović was the latest Utah Jazz player to step up with Donovan Mitchell sidelined, scoring a career-high 48 points in a 127-120 win over the Denver Nuggets and making franchise history in the process:

Devin Booker ready to seize playoff stage with Suns after six-year wait

  Devin Booker ready to seize playoff stage with Suns after six-year wait Devin Booker is eager and prepared for his first postseason experience after toiling below .500 for the first five years of his career.The home crowd is screaming and roaring. The music is thumping and pumping.

Bogdanović is now averaging 32.8 points while shooting 64% from the field over four games in the month of May, helping lead the Jazz to a 4-0 record down the stretch as they attempt to secure the top seed in the West.

What to watch Saturday

Brooklyn vs. Denver (7:00 p.m. ET)

Kevin Durant et al. around each other: The Nets are fighting for the top seed in the East. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The Nets are fighting for the top seed in the East. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Saturday doesn't get any easier for the Denver Nuggets after losing a close game on the road to the Utah Jazz with a slumping Brooklyn coming to town. Friday's loss now leaves the Nuggets one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth seed.

The Nets are in the middle of a four-game losing streak and now the third seed in the East following Milwaukee's win over Houston. Brooklyn's shot at catching Philadelphia and claiming the first seed is unlikely at this point, but the schedule will get easier during the last week of the season with the Nets closing the regular season at home against San Antonio, Chicago and Cleveland.

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  Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Luka Doncic’s Game 1 play vs. Clippers: 'This is his time of year' Luka Doncic was able to carve up the Clippers no matter what kind of defense they threw at him in the Mavericks' Game 1 victory.It did not matter. Most of the time, Doncic dominated anyway.

One last thing

Maybe it's not the Lakers' year after all:

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The Lakers, and We, Deserved Better Than This Season .
The Lakers should absolutely be in panic mode right now as we get closer to the play-in tournament. View the original article to see embedded media.Welcome to the Morning Shootaround, where every weekday you’ll get a fresh, topical column from one of SI.com’s NBA writers: Howard Beck on Mondays, Chris Mannix on Tuesdays, Michael Pina on Wednesdays, Chris Herring on Thursdays and Rohan Nadkarni on Fridays.Nobody is going to feel bad for the Lakers. Not after blind exceptionalism seemingly landed them LeBron James. Not after Anthony Davis willed himself to Los Angeles after a dragged-out public saga.

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