Back-to-Backs Key for Lakers Playoff Hopes
If ever there’s a time for the Lakers to sweep a back-to-back set, it’s now.
Age and injuries could always be blamed, but inconsistency would be the biggest, saddest mark of a team that hasn’t won on back-to-back days this season.
The Lakers have never gone a whole season without sweeping a back-to-back series in their 64-year history. Even their worst team, the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers who finished 19-53, managed to nail a back-to-back.
The maligned present-day Lakers (40-37) play host to New Orleans on Tuesday and then are at Portland, their personal haunted mansion, on Wednesday.
The Lakers trail Utah (41-37) by half a game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz clinched the tiebreaker with a 2-1 head-to-head record.
If the Jazz wins its final four games — home against Oklahoma City and Minnesota, at Minnesota and at Memphis — then the Lakers will miss the playoffs for only the third time since 1976.