During my Thanksgiving vacation in Orange County, I read the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Somehow, I learned something interesting about Phil Jackson's 11 NBA championship teams from the newspaper. Prior to a game vs. Sacramento Kings, it was unbelievable that the Los Angeles Lakers had suffered with its longest 4-game skid for the first time since April 2007. According to the L.A. Times, NONE of Jackson's 11 NBA championship teams had lost at least four games in a row!
Because of those hilarious losses to the three weak teams (Indiana Pacers at home, Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets), it is the most disappointing for the defending NBA champions that currently have 14 wins in the first 20 games so far. Suppose they have easily defeated the lowly Pacers, Grizzlies and Rockets teams, they should have been 17-3, not 14-6! Losing to those three weak teams is UNACCEPTABLE for the Lakers at all!
Before I begin with the Lakers' projection of the remaining games, I want to share my opinion of which teams are the most selfish teams in the NBA this season.
Most Selfish NBA Teams follow in my order:
1. Boston Celtics = All times as long as they still have Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen) plus Rajon Rondo and Shaquille O'Neal. Unlike many other Lakers fans, I don't have any respect for this most hateful team at all! I've NEVER forgotten about the Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals in which the sickest Celtics humiliated my Lakers with the horrible worst 131-92 blowout. That is a main reason why I DO NOT want to see the Celtics coming back to the NBA Finals again....ever! Last year, the Lakers BARELY survived to win its sweetest 16 NBA title in seven games. I would say that the Celtics are the toughest team ever the Lakers will face this season because of the Celtics' best defense in the league. BOO, BOO, BOO Celtics!
2. Miami Heat = I'm so saddened that my former favorite player, Chris Bosh, has betrayed his old team, Toronto Raptors. He has made the biggest mistake ever that he stupidly followed his friends, Dwyane Wade (one of my hateful cheaters) and LeBron James. He obviously wants to win his NBA championship. So does LBJ. Unfortunately, the Heat are only 2-7 vs. the teams with current winning percentages (0-2 vs. Celtics, 0-2 vs. Orlando Magic, 0-1 vs. Utah Jazz, 0-1 vs. Dallas Mavericks, 0-1 vs. New Orleans Hornets, 1-0 vs. Phoenix Suns and 1-0 vs. Atlanta Hawks).
3. Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs (tied) = Both teams along with Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets are the Lakers' biggest threats in the Western Conference.
Schedule of the Lakers' remaining games:December 2010 (13 games)
Easiest games (in order): vs. Philadelphia 76ers on 12/31; @ Los Angeles Clippers on 12/8; @ 76ers on 12/17
Hardest games (in order): @ San Antonio Spurs on 12/28; @ New Orleans Hornets on 12/29; @ Indiana Pacers on 12/15
Note: I choose the Pacers game over the home game vs. Miami Heat as one of the Lakers' hardest games because the Pacers have given my team too much troubles this season. Honestly, I hope that the Lakers must avenge their embarrassing loss to the Pacers by winning 135-84! By that way, the Lakers can dare to prevent the Pacers from sweeping the 2-game series! Unfortunately, at the bottom line, playing in Indianapolis will be much tougher than playing against the Pacers at home. Yuck!!!
Projected after 12/31/10: 23-10
January 2011 (15 games)
Easiest games: vs. Sacramento Kings on 1/28; vs. Cleveland Cavaliers on 1/11; vs. Detroit Pistons on 1/4
Hardest games: vs. Boston Celtics on 1/30; @ Dallas Mavericks on 1/19; vs. Utah Jazz on 1/25
Projected after 1/31/11: 33-15
February 2011 (13 games)
February will be the Lakers' toughest month because they have 9 road games including 7 straight games on the road.
Easiest games: vs. Clippers on 2/25; vs. Atlanta Hawks on 2/22; @ Cavaliers on 2/16
Hardest games: @ Celtics on 2/10; @ Orlando Magic on 2/13; @ Portland Trail Blazers on 2/23
Note: I choose the Blazers game over the Oklahoma City Thunder game as one of the Lakers' hardest games because of the toughest Rose Garden, where the Lakers are 3-15 since Dec 13, 2000.
Projected after 2/28/11: 39-22
March 2011 (13 games)
Easiest games: vs. Clippers on 3/25; vs. Minnesota Timberwolves on 3/18; @ Timberwolves on 3/1
Hardest games: @ Spurs on 3/6; @ Mavericks on 3/12; vs. Magic on 3/14
Projected after 3/31/11: 48-26
April 2011 (8 games)
Easiest games: @ Golden State Warriors on 4/6; @ Sacramento Kings on 4/13
Hardest games: @ Jazz on 4/1; @ Trail Blazers on 4/8
Projected Final Finish: 53-29, most likely in either 3rd or 4th place in the West.
Obviously, it looks like the most disappointing season for the defending NBA champions.
1. If the Lakers persist losing at least 10 games within a month from now, they most likely won't clinch the West's top seed spot nor league's best record. I see that either San Antonio Spurs or Dallas Mavericks may get the West's top seed spot and could have the homecourt advantage throughout the West or entire playoffs. Looking like to me, this season may be the Spurs' year because they are currently leading the league with the best 16-3 record.
2. It will be much tougher for the Lakers to win either West's fourth straight championship or 17th NBA title without its homecourt advantage.
3. Since the Lakers have already lost four games in a row, they have 50-50 chance to win another NBA title. Notably, NONE of Phil Jackson's 11 NBA championship teams had lost more than three games in a row.
That is a main reason why I'm very picky that the Lakers must have the NBA's best record in order to obtain the homecourt advantage throughout the NBA playoffs including NBA Finals. They could have won the 17th NBA championship, tying with the Celtics for the most NBA titles in the league history.