The Los Angeles Clippers were in prime position to snag the No. seed in the Western conference heading into their final two games of the season, matchups against the Houston Rockets (the worst team in the league) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (another squad that was tanking this year). Two losses later and they emerged with the No.
Not what the Lakers and their fans want to see heading into the playoffs. Midway through the fourth quarter Sunday, LeBron James went down after rolling his ankle. Los Angeles, holding its collective breath, would not see James return to the court.
He played in the final two games since his return, but when James went down with 6 minutes 35 seconds left, Lakers Nation was holding its collective breath. James stood up while on the sideline, a towel over his shoulder and a smile on his face, perhaps an indication that he was OK. After the game, coach Frank Vogel said James told him that there are no issues.