Unfortunately, he joined a guard heavy Lakers team that boasts D'Angelo Russell, Nick Young, and Jordan Clarkson.
The odds of that pick conveying to the Sixers is now 53.1-percent, according to DerekBodner.com If the Lakers were to finish as the NBA's second worst team (behind the 22-57 Suns), those chances of the pick conveying to Philly would decrease to 44.2-percent. Led by some good effort on defense from Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs suddenly looked like they cared about the game as they slowly chipped away at the Lakers' lead.
For the second game in a row, the Spurs had a sluggish offensive start, hitting just 6 of their 22 shots in the first quarter, scoring 14 points and trailing Los Angeles 31-14. The Lakers got back up by six a couple of times, but Pau Gasol answered each time with an and-one dunk and three-pointer.
However, those permutations may effectively be put to rest if the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, though one should note that the Kings enter the contest on a two-game winning streak of their own.
Lakers: Brandon Ingram, who was initially listed as questionable, played 10 minutes despite experiencing right patellar tendinitis.
Leonard said last week he hoped to play in all of the Spurs' remaining games, a number that is now down to five.
Spurs: San Antonio G Manu Ginobili did not play after bruising his right quadriceps Tuesday against Memphis. San Antonio took just six free throws in the game, making four of them.
Nance finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Randle had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Lakers are now third in the standings behind Brooklyn and Phoenix.
What makes the Spurs win even more shocking (and hilarious) is that it looked like Luke Walton was doing everything he could have done to purposely lose.
The pick will be heading to Philadelphia at some point no matter what, as it becomes unprotected in 2018, but the Lakers would much rather hold on to the pick for this impressive draft class.
"We're all on social media, so we see it, but I only worry about things in here", Ennis said.
Walton admitted that he had a bit of work popping up for the organization related to the summer ahead, but the coach contended that his focus was on the final four games ahead, rather than the 78 behind. If you lose the rebound battle you make it really tough on yourself. The Golden State Warriors (65-14) earned a win at Phoenix on Wednesday night, wrapping up the top seed. Nash only played 65 games for the Lakers as the team paid him $28 million over three seasons.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep playing games, I don't want to fall out of rhythm", Leonard said.
With both teams needing a loss to help secure their lottery standing come June, the Kings visit to Los Angeles tonight could turn into another one of the ugly, fourth quarter snooze inducing, tank-offs we've seen recently.