The story of tonight’s game against the Warriors isn’t actually about the game, but instead the pending result. The Lakers look to do what 15 straight opponents to start the season have not been able to — beat the defending world champions. Considering the state of both teams, it is pretty much a foregone conclusion the Lakers will not win this game.
Laker Nation, our Lakers are used to setting records on teams, tomorrow the Warriors will set the record for the best start in NBA history.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 24, 2015
One Warriors’ win is not a big deal. 16 Warriors’ wins without a loss to start the season would be the best start in the history of the league. So, this would be a pretty big deal. With the Warriors at home (and the Lakers playing anywhere), the pending doom is only more predetermined.
Sorry, guys, there are no roses and rainbows in this preview. I do not offer any hope, here. The Warriors are, potentially, one of the best teams the league has ever seen. The Lakers are currently the opposite of that. When asked if his team could win this game, Kobe said “stranger things have happened” which, you know, isn’t an endorsement.
So, here we are. But, if you want me to indulge your thirst for how a Lakers’ win could happen, here is the formula:
- Steph Curry shoots really poorly (think something like 6-21 including 1-10 from 3).
- Draymond Green gets in early foul trouble and is plagued by fouls all night.
- Klay Thompson shoots poorly (like 3-14).
- Kobe hits 5 of the 7 threes he takes every game.
- Julius Randle scores 20 points and hands out over 5 assists.
- Jordan Clarkson scores 20 points efficiently.
- Lou Williams goes to the foul line 10+ times.
- D’Angelo Russell hits his 3 pointers and flirts with 10 assists.
- The Warriors have 20 or more turnovers.
- Roy Hibbert blocks 5+ shots
I just rattled off 10 things. I honestly think at least 8 of them would need to happen for the Lakers to win, with the bullets on Steph, Klay, Kobe, Draymond, Randle, and the Warriors turnovers being must-haves. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. I would imagine of you were in Vegas and saw all of those things listed as prop-bets, a parlay of hitting all 10 of those would pay out at a level where placing a $100 bet and winning would make it so you could retire.
These are the odds the Lakers are facing. Am I saying the Lakers have a chance? You tell me, Jim Carrey. The answer, of course, is there is always a chance. Just not a good one. Not even a slightly, kind-of-okay one.
Still, the game will be played. And it will be on national TV for everyone to watch. Everyone in attendance is expecting the Warriors to win. It has gotten to the point, the Warriors had to deny requests for press credentials because so many requests came in to see them break this record. I think they will get what they came for.
Though the Lakers’ fan in me would find few things sweeter than the send them all away disappointed.
Where you can watch: 7:30pm start time on TNT. Also listen on ESPN Radio Los Angeles 710AM.