As I've been saying for about 6 weeks now, our upcoming game vs the Spurs has the potential to decide everything in the West.
We will probably need to win the Spurs game to keep the 8 seed.
Unless of course Utah loses vs Minn which isn't likely.
But by winning the Spurs we help OKC secure the #1 seed.
And then in result we play OKC in round 1 instead of SA.
But if we lose we risk giving the 8 seed back to Utah.
Its a double edged blade.
Hypothetically if Utah does lose 1 of their 2 games vs Minnesota, giving the Lakers a 2 game lead with 3 left to play, would it be better to rest up and blow the Spurs game?
That way we pull SA in round 1?
Strategy wise the path of least resistance between OKC and SA is 100% a SA team that's also dealing with key injuries.
In this scenario what would you do?
Play to win the battle (Spurs game that doesn't impact our outcome) or lose to help better the chances of winning the war (round 1 vs SA)?