L.A. Times: Talk about your dream scenario for the Lakers, who got to keep pace with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sweep the season series with their city rivals, and rest their key players, all at the same time…
Unfortunately, the Lakers’ non-key players, the former Bench Mob, let the Clippers cut a 19-point lead in half, obliging Coach Phil Jackson to rush his starters back in . . . after which the Clippers cut it to one point . . . before the Lakers eked out an 88-85 victory on Sunday.
Not that Jackson was upset, but he made only a brief statement, announcing he wasn’t happy, that he wouldn’t take questions and the team would practice today.
So there went any notion of getting the off-day off before Tuesday’s game in Sacramento.
Of course, even greater horrors beckoned for the Lakers with the Clippers putting the ball into play with five seconds left and a chance to send the game into overtime.