Found April 10, 2013 on The Sports Rocker:
Back in February, Kobe Bryant guaranteed the Lakers would make the playoffs. Considering how the Lakers have had more downs than ups this year, that was a bold statement. With four games remaining, and the Lakers clinging to playoff life, let's take a look at their remaining games.Mike: "3 of the last 4 at home?"Kobe: "I know, right!"Tonight, 4/10 at Portland. The Trailblazers are not even close to the playoffs and are on an 8-game skid. Even though the Lakers have been practically awful on the road, they win here as the Blazers are counting ping pong balls.Friday, 4/12 home vs Golden State.Besides the Clippers, what other Pacific Division team has a better record than the Lakers? Yep, the Warriors, who have already clinched a playoff spot. The Warriors are a shade below .500 on the road, so the Lakers win another much needed game.Sunday, 4/14 home vs San Antonio.Gotta go with the Spurs on this one. It's going to be a playoff atmosphere, and Timmy and the Gang will steal one in LA, especially considering their still battling Oklahoma City for the top spot in the West. If the Lakers make the playoffs, this will be the first round matchup anyway. Look for Coach Popp to send a message.Wednesday, 4/17 home vs Houston.This could be a potentially big game for Houston's seeding options, since they clinched a playoff spot last night., thanks to Jermaine O'Neal. Depending on how Houston plays over their remaining games, they could potentially move up and draw Denver, minus Danillo Gallinari, for the first round. If LA has already clinched, look for Houston to win as Mike D'Antoni rests his players. Of course, there is always the Stern connection. Do you think David Stern is going to let the Lakers miss the playoffs?Child please!Look for an update as we get closer, chock full of black helicopters, and little short men pulling levers behind the curtain.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Just so you know, Metta World Peace thinks he’s ‘too sexy for his cat’ (video)

On Tuesday evening, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace made his triumphant and surprising return to the court for his team’s game against the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center. What makes Metta World Peace’s return to the floor so surprising is that it came a mere 12 days after undergoing knee surgery. Kobe Bryant was so impressed with his Metta’s recuperative...

Warriors-Lakers Preview

With a playoff berth at stake, Kobe Bryant continues to will the Los Angeles Lakers to victory. The veteran superstar, though, still has plenty of work to do. Looking to continue their quest for a postseason spot, Bryant and the surging Lakers go for a 10th consecutive home win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. One night after scoring 23 of his 30 points in the fourth...

Kobe has 47, hits all 18 free throws

Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 47 points and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled closer to a playoff berth with a 113-106 victory over the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Lakers moved a game up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Portland, missing the playoffs for the second straight season, has lost nine straight...

Kobe Bryant: I would’ve smacked the hell out of Mike Rice

Kobe Bryant joined Jim Rome on Showtime to discuss the now infamous Mike Rice video. Rome asks Bryant how he would’ve reacted if he was one of the players getting bullied by Rice on the video.Kobe’s response? “I would’ve smacked the hell out of him. No question about it.”As for Kobe’s assertion that the only person who has the license to hit him is his mother, I would...

Kobe, Lakers pull closer to playoffs with win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 47 points and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled closer to a playoff berth with a 113-106 victory over the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Lakers moved a game up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Portland, missing the playoffs for the second straight season...

Hornets slip, Lakers stay in hunt for playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant fueled a desperate rally with 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 104-96 on Tuesday night to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Dwight Howard added 19 points to help the Lakers tie Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth...
WOULDN'T PUT UP WITH IT

Kobe says he'd smack the hell out of Mike Rice

Sometimes we get Funny Kobe, Honest Kobe, Vulgar Kobe and today we get Thug Kobe. While speaking to Jim Rome about the Mike Rice situation,  here is what he had to say. This is grown man Kobe talking of course, who knows what he would have done, when he was 20 years old. Chris Childs doesn’t think Mike Rice should be that worried. It is easy to say what you would do, if you...

Kobe Bryant: 'Aw I got to go in again'

Los Angeles Lakeers guard Kobe Bryant kept his teams playoff hopes alive Tuesday night by scoring 23 of his 30 points in the last 12 minutes of the Lakers’ 104-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. “Aw …

Kobe Bryant Reacts to Mike Rice’s Antics, Says He Would ‘Smack the Hell Outta Him’ (Video)

Thankfully for former Rutgers coach Mike Rice he did’t have to deal with a young Kobe Bryant on any of his rosters — or else he would’ve been “smacked.” Bryant tweeted his feelings, just like many athletes did, when the video of Rice chucking balls at and kicking players was released. On Tuesday, the Lakers guard made his feelings very clear on what he would have done to...

Metta World Peace plans Tuesday return, Steve Nash back Friday

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace plans to start Tuesday night when the Lakers face the New Orleans Hornets, just 12 days after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee that was suppose to sideline him at least six weeks, 

It All Comes Down to 5

One positive thing going for the Lakers should they make it to the playoffs is no team will worry about the Lakers beating them in a 7-game series. But that doesn't necessarily give the Lakers an automatic edge over their opponent considering that this team is still having a tough time comprehending the importance of winning every game in order to even plan on what they...

Kobe Bryant: ‘I would have smacked the hell out of Mike Rice’ (Video)

There have been a number of different reactions to the video clips that surfaced last week of former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players. One of Rice’s former players, Mike Coburn, said that Rice took it too far at times but that the team understood him. Chipper Jones said he thought the players should toughen up and that he has...
Lakers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.