Without Anthony Davis and with just a few minutes from LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers lost this Thursday to the Sacramento Kings by 136 to 122 on their last day of the regular phase, in which the Washington Wizards achieved their first victory at Disney World.
A total of seven games are played on Thursday in which four teams (Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs) will compete for two places in the repechage tie (« play in ») that will be played at the end of week and that will determine the eighth classified of the Western Conference to the playoffs, which start on Monday.
The Lakers, first in the West and who will play the first round of playoffs against the winning team of the « play in », reserved their star Anthony Davis for the game against the Kings, in which LeBron James only played 14 minutes scoring 17 points.
Backup guard Dion Waiters was the top scorer in the Los Angeles franchise with 19 points and power forward Markieff Morris added another 14.
The Kings, who finished with three wins and five losses at Disney World and missed the playoffs, also did not bring their star De’Aaron Fox out on the court. Guards Buddy Hield and Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 28 and 27 points, respectively.
In the first game of the day, the Wizards achieved their only victory in eight games at Disney World against the Boston Celtics, 96-90.
Center Thomas Bryant added 26 points and 9 rebounds for the Wizards, who finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, out of the playoffs.
The Celtics (3rd in the East), who will face the Philadelphia 76ers (6th) in the first round of the playoffs, gave all their starters a break by giving minutes to substitutes like Javonte Green and Semi Ojeleye, who finished with 23 and 13 points.
– Heart attack day in the West –
In the competition to enter the eliminatory for the last playoff spot in the West, Portland (8th) and Memphis (9th) depend on themselves and will qualify if they defeat Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, who will be suspended by penalty of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
If Portland or Memphis go down, or both, they could be overtaken by the Phoenix Suns or the San Antonio Spurs, who play the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz.
Also this Thursday, the ESPN network reported that the Houston Rockets expect their Russell Westbrook figure to be low at least in the first games of the first round against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to his quadriceps injury.
Games of the day on Thursday in the NBA:
Boston Celtics – Washington Wizards 90-96
Los Angeles Lakers – Sacramento Kings 122-136
Memphis Grizzlies – Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns – Dallas Mavericks
Utah Jazz – San Antonio Spurs
Brooklyn Nets – Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans – Orlando Magic
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