Spoiler |ˈspoilər| – noun. a person who obstructs or prevents an opponent’s success while having no chance of winning a contest themselves.
That pretty much sums up the Sacramento Kings (38-43) motivation for tonight’s contest.
Tonight the Kings try to mar the Pacific Division Champion Lakers (56-25) dreams of a Number One seed in the Western Conference.
Simply put, the Lakers just have to win. Just post a victory and they are cemented into the No.1 slot, regardless of tiebreakers or how goofy that Hurrrrnet looks.
After their feats of strength this past weekend, where they slithered away from the former NOOC on Friday and then throttled the defending champion Spurs on Sunday, the stars are certainly aligning over Staples Center.
Let us not forget the cautionary tale of events of March 9th when the Lakers lost 114-113, with Beno Udrih slashing to the basket for a team leading 25 points and young Spencer Hawes dominating the fourth quarter to finish with 14 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.
It would appear that, in their regular season finale, the Lakers look to roll into the playoffs with a sound drubbing of their rivals from the State Capital.
With a victory tonight, the number one seeded Lakers will face the eighth seeded Denver Nuggets on Sunday afternoon!
Who cares about the other matchups tonight?
Los Angeles: Fox Sports West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
Sacramento: Comcast Sports Net (Grant Napear & Jerry Reynolds)
Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
Sacramento: KHTK Sports 1140 AM (Gary Gerould & Tom Abatemarco)
- Out: A. Bynum (Knee), T. Ariza (Foot)
- Will Play: K. Bryant (Pinkie), D. Fisher (Foot)
- Out: B. Miller (Foot)
- Questionable: K. Martin (Knee), R. Artest (Thumb)
The Friendly Confines of… Staples Center: Not only can the Lakers lock up the top spot in the West with a win tonight, but also along with that title comes the privilige of Home Court Advantage until the NBA Finals. HCA is something Coach Jackson has placed almost as much emphasis on as the importance of team unity through facial hair.
Do Not Pull a Memlotte Grizzcats: Or a Charphis Boblies! For Portmanteau’s sake, the Lakers cannot afford to let another sub-.500 team steal a contest at Staples Center. Just be advised.
Varsity Challenge (Prize: A personal Blue Goo® application with Gary Vitti!) –
When was the last time the Lakers met the Denver Nuggets in the Playoffs?