April 13, 2009
If the Cleveland Cavaliers win Monday night, they clinch the overall best record in the NBA, leaving the Lakers with what appears to be a meaningless home game against the Utah Jazz. But the first-round playoff opponent for the Lakers could be the Jazz.
"I don't think of sitting players," Jackson said Sunday. "I don't think that's the right thing to do when people buy season tickets and special-game tickets and things like that, and the league has asked us not to do that. I have players that are going to play their 82nd game this week, hopefully, and that's a big milestone in this game, to have played them all."
Bryant, Fisher and Trevor Ariza will have played all 82 regular-season games if they play Tuesday.