The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers start the month of March with very different intentions.
As the Thunder prep for a playoff run, the Lakers are ready to 2015 to be over.
The Thunder aren’t in the clear yet, as they have a one and a half game lead over both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns (before Friday’s games started). They’re doing well without Kevin Durant, who has missed games because of injuries to his foot. Russell Westbrook has picked up the slack recently, performing at an MVP level. The Thunder are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The Lakers (15-41) have won two in a row in a disappointing season. The Lakers starting five in their win against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night was Wayne Ellington, Jordan Clarkson, Carlos Boozer, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly. These aren’t your Showtime Lakers.
The Thunder should be able to cruise on Sunday, March 1st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Thunder won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season. On December 19th, the Thunder won at the Staples Center with a final score of 104-103 as Kobe Bryant missed a shot with two seconds left.
Speaking of Bryant, he suffered a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder in January. He underwent season-ending surgery for the injury, and is targeting being on the court by the start of the 2015–16 season.
You can still grab Oklahoma City Thunder tickets for their game against the Lakers on March 1st. According to Totally Tickets, the average ticket price is $205.64 with a walk-in price of $34. It is still unknown if Durant will suit up for the game.
The Lakers have the third worst record in the NBA are in the NBA Draft lottery mix. According to ESPN.com, the top three picks are projected to be Jahlil Okafor (C, Duke), Karl-Anthony Towns (C, Kentucky) and Emmanuel Mudiay (PG, China).