We’ve got a lot of practice between tonight’s game and the first day of the playoffs, with the one game on Thursday. I think there’s going to be seven days or so, so we’ve got a lot of time to get some good work in and I’m very confident going into the playoffs with this group. The amount of time the Lakers have at their disposal was a common theme among the players.
Earl Smith Jr., J.R.’s father, saw his sons Demetrius and Chris peddling along at about 12 miles a day; J.R. would hit 20 miles: “After a while,” Earl said, “it wasn’t even close. With practice, J.R. said, he found his mind would simply settle as he rode. It was a lot, but it’s funny,” he said.
This weekend, two teams in the Western Conference will compete for an opportunity to get swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and despite all of the hype around the New Orleans Pelicans going into the season’s restart, they won’t be one of the two teams. After going 4-2 in their first six seeding games, the Pelicans were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday.