The Lakers trip to Oklahoma City didn't go as planned. The Lakers had game three in hand, before letting a great opportunity to go up 3-0 in this series slip away and in game four, they were literally ran out of the gym...
It wasn't pretty, but most importantly the Lakers won the first game of the series. The best way to look at the first game is 'one down and 15 more to go'...
This is the best time in basketball the playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers begin the defense of their title at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder; an excellent young athletic 50-win team. The Lakers now have the luxury of focusing on one team.
The (57-24) Lakers face the (28-53) Clippers in their season finale donning their road jerseys. Technically it is a road game for the Lakers, but come on, it's the Staples Center and we all know who owns this house. You can call this the battle of Los Angeles or a game between the owner and their tenant, both apply here.
The (56-23) Los Angeles Lakers are hosting the (48-31) Portland Trailblazers in a Sunday Matinee game at the Staples Center.
The (55-23) Los Angeles Lakers are in the land of 10,000 lakes to face the (15-63) Minnesota Timberwolves.
The (54-21) Los Angeles Lakers are back home at the Staples Center to host the red-hot (50-26) Utah Jazz.
The (54-20) Los Angeles Lakers are in Atlanta to face the (47-26) Hawks.
The (53-18) Los Angeles Lakers are on the second stop of their five-game road trip to face the playoff-bound (43-27) Oklahoma City Thunder.
The (52-18) Los Angeles Lakers begin their last major road test of the regular season on a five-game minefield starting with a match-up against the (42-27) San Antonio Spurs.
The (49-18) Los Angeles Lakers are in the state's capital, Sacramento, to face the (23-44) Kings in a back-to-back game.
The (48-18) Los Angeles Lakers are in Northern California for the two remaining games of this road trip; tonight, facing the (18-47) Golden State Warriors in Oakland.
The (47-18) Los Angeles Lakers are in the desert to face the (40-25) Phoenix Suns the first of a three-game road trip. Tonight's game will be the last meeting of the regular season; the Lakers leads the season series two games to one.
The (46-18) Los Angeles Lakers are back at home to host the (32-29) Toronto Raptors after staggering though a forgettable three-game road trip.