L.A. Times: Can the Lakers win the NBA championship if they don’t have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs?
They might have to find out the hard way.
The Lakers are one game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have enough home games ahead of them to leave the Lakers behind them.
The Lakers (53-14) have the tiebreaker by virtue of a two-game sweep of the Cavaliers (54-13) this season, but that means something only if there’s a tie that needs breaking. And that might not happen, with the Cavaliers playing 10 of their last 15 games at Quicken Loans Arena, where they happen to be 30-1 this season. Of course, the Lakers are the “1.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers and their lose-the-lead ways will embark on a season-high seven-game trip after tonight’s game against Golden State.
A ton of road games for the Lakers, a ton of home games for the Cavaliers. This might not bode so well for the Lakers, who experienced the importance of home-court advantage in last season’s NBA Finals, when they went 0-3 in Boston.
Can they really finish ahead of Cleveland?