Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 4/10/13
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.
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