trevL.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.

  • xfellerx

    first.

  • Nabil

    Phil is showing awareness of the fact that a bunch of people out there saved up their hard-earned money to buy tickets to a game. In any business, your real boss is the customers, and Phil realizes that. :)

  • WifelovesLuke

    Treat Tuesdays game like game 1 of the playoffs and send a message. Increase Shannon Browns minutes and leave Farmar on the bench. Bench mob with LO and Luke moving the ball, looks awesome! Let’s roll!

  • ratatouilleee

    Limit the minutes to fisher gasol and maybe kobe
    give the most minutes to bynum farmar shannon brown who is playing excellent off the becnh. odom and luke can have limited minutes to sasha needs to get a boost and have that shooting touch before playoffs!!

  • LakersFirst

    That’s what they get paid to do.

  • Mr. Laker

    The League asked them….sounds a bit suspicious

  • iamthetie

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    I don’t think they asked the Lakers specifically. I think they’ve asked all the teams. Others just don’t care.

  • spankdatcelticazz

    EIGHTH— THE LEAGUE DOES REQUEST THEY DONT SIT PLAYERS! THE LEAGUE EVEN FINED THE LAKERS $50,000 BACK IN THE LATE 80′S WHEN PAT RILEY SAT MAGIC AND WORTHY WHILE THEIR OPPONENT AND ANOTHER TEAM WERE IN CONTENTION FOR THE FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT! CAVALIERS PLAYER VAREJAO WAS ELBOWED IN THE GROIN BY RAY ALLEN AND DIDNT FLINCH! HIS NEW NICKNAME SHOULD BE VAREGINA! I CAN HERE THE FINALS CHANTS NOW(LIKE LAST YEARS D.U.I.) VAR-EH-GINA CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP VAR-EH-GINA CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP !!!!SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!