L.A. Times: The Cleveland Cavaliers have all but locked up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, but the Lakers won’t be coasting through what’s left of the regular season. If the Cavaliers win tonight at Indiana, they clinch the NBA’s best record, which would leave the Lakers with a seemingly useless home game Tuesday against Utah.
Or maybe it’s not so useless.
As the Western Conference standings sit right now, the Lakers would play Utah in the first round. Furthermore, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he would not rest Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol or Derek Fisher in the regular-season finale against any team.
“I don’t think of sitting players,” Jackson said Sunday. “I don’t think that’s the right thing to do when people buy season tickets and special-game tickets and things like that, and the league has asked us not to do that.
“I have players that are going to play their 82nd game this week, hopefully, and that’s a big milestone in this game, to have played them all.”
Bryant, Fisher and Trevor Ariza will have played all 82 regular-season games if they play Tuesday.