The Lakers are still picking a first-round opponent?Westbrook’s hiding could lead to more civil unrest

2022-05-08 0 By

The Lakers were routed 116-131 at home by the Milwaukee bucks.It wasn’t a surprise, but the lakers’ late-game hiding of Westbrook caused a lot of postgame talk, and even Westbrook wasn’t happy about it.Even so, O ‘Neal revealed that the Lakers were still picking their first-round opponent, saying they would rather play phoenix than Golden State.The lakers gave the Bucks everything they wanted.Antetokounmpo finished with 44 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks for the Bucks, who shot 54.2 percent and 41.7 percent from 3-point range.For the lakers, jamey and Monk both scored 20-plus points, but Westbrook had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in just 26 minutes, shooting 3-of-11 and 4-of-7 from the free throw line.After the game, the lakers’ reaction was even more baffling.James admitted that the Lakers and bucks are no longer on the same level, and the Bucks are the defending champions for a reason.Westbrook, who was sidelined in the final quarter, went to appease James before the final buzzer.After the game, Westbrook said he would have liked to help both but couldn’t play. “It’s not up to me,” he said.Westbrook also said he didn’t know what he had to do to stay on the court at the end of the game. “I’ve earned enough respect in the game of basketball to be there at the end of the game,” he said.Needless to say, there is an air of self-doubt around the lakers, and westbrook’s comments, which could set him on a collision course with Coach Tony Vogel, make the lakers’ future even more worrisome.Perkins also warned the lakers that Westbrook was broken and his confidence was at a career low, and that the lakers had to deal with that.The lakers were already in disarray, but shaquille O ‘Neal’s revelation was even more ironic.O ‘Neal said on TNT before the game that an authoritative source told him the Lakers, who currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference at 26-29, were happy with their current position.Even so, O ‘Neal revealed that the lakers are picking their playoff opponents and would rather play the SUNS in the first round than the Warriors.This is surely all the more incomprehensible.Granted, the lakers are still relatively safe with a five-game lead over the 11th-place Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference, but that’s no reason to take it easy.After all, the rest of the lakers’ schedule doesn’t make them smile.The lakers will play golden State three times in their next 27 games, with phoenix, Utah, Mavericks and Denver all playing twice each.According to statistics, the lakers’ remaining opponents have an average win rate of 54.5 percent, the second-toughest in the league, behind only the Bucks.But James acknowledged that the lakers and bucks aren’t even close.With that being the case, the lakers have the luxury of picking a first-round opponent?Falling out of the playoffs is not out of the question for the Lakers.(Supine/Maomao)