Colin was off on Friday, but did observe the media’s sweeping narrative that the Lakers’ last second win in Boston was the turning point of their season. It was a nice win after almost every player on the roster was included in pre-deadline trade talks for Anthony Davis, but it doesn’t change that the Lakers – currently 10th in the West – would be lucky to get into the playoffs, let alone win a series.
Wins in February have zero impact on any team’s overall playoff chances, and there is no spin on this season that doesn’t end with L.A. on the outside looking in on the eighth seed, or – at best -sneaking in and getting their ears boxed by the Warriors or another top seed.
Ultimately, Magic Johnson’s extremely public Davis trade deadline negotiation fiasco was a clinic on how not to do deals in the NBA. As for LeBron, he gets another year older and has to finish out a season with an entire that knows it’s getting shipped out at the earliest possible time this summer.
Rondo’s buzzer beater doesn’t change that.