Which means that as it stands, the Lakers and Warriors are on a collision course to meet in the play-in tournament. The team that finishes seventh will face the team that finishes eighth in the first round of the play-in tournament, with the winner taking 7th place in the playoffs.
When asked after his big outing if the league would enjoy such a game later this month, Curry simply nodded in a memorable way.
The answer, of course, is yes. While they haven’t had the best seasons, the Warriors and Lakers are still two of the most important teams in the league, while Steph Curry and LeBron James are two of the most important players. If they ended up facing each other in a win-win game for a playoff spot, that would be amazing.
This is exactly the kind of intrigue the league hoped to create when it pitched this idea, and the fact that it’s a possibility everyone is talking about is probably a hit in the eyes of some people. And if that does end up happening, even opponents in the play-in tournament couldn’t deny this kind of drama.
Of course, there is still a week to go in the regular season and a lot could change. The Lakers are only 1.5 games behind the Trail Blazers for sixth place and might not finish at all in the play-in tournament, and the Warriors are only half a game behind the Grizzlies for ninth place. They could easily fall over and end up in Game 9 versus Game 10.