Kuzma was asked if playing the red-hot Blazers in the 1st Round would be the worst-case scenario of all the possible 8th seeds and said it would help test the Lakers: "I don’t think it’s worst-case scenario because we’re war ready. We’re ready to play anybody." per @mcten.
The Lakers are going to have to go through the greatest eight seed in sports history, either Houston or OKC, The Best Team In LA™️ and then Giannis. If they win a ring and anyone mentions any kind of asterisk, they deserve to be shamed publicly.
This also means Lakers-Rockets in the second round is very likely
With the Rockets' loss today, it's now impossible for them to climb higher than the 4th seed. That means the Clippers and Nuggets are locked into their top 3 seeds. We could find out the order as soon as tonight.
RT @hmfaigen: Kuz says Portland is doing well, and said Dame may be his bubble MVP, but he's not worried about facing them. "No, it's not a worse-case scenario. Any time you can get tested early in the playoffs helps you out in the later rounds... We're war ready. We're ready to play anybody"
Oh wow this will really hurt their chase for the one seed
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended one game for headbutting Moe Wagner, the NBA announced. Antetokounmpo will serve his suspension on Thursday vs. the Grizzlies.
RT @tomhaberstroh: NEW HABERSTAT: The thrilling close games in the Bubble have obscured this sneaky phenomenon: dunks are down 25 percent across the league after the four-month layoff. LeBron, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and others have largely stayed below the rim thus far. https://t.co/nH4BlzLPqa
Frank Vogel said he hasn't decided if he'll attend the play-in game(s) this weekend. Teams are only allowed one seat for seeding games, so he'll leave it for someone else from the Lakers to scout if that limitation is still in place.