The Cavaliers would benefit greatly if the Lakers made the playoffs. The Cavs have the right to swap the Heat’s first round pick Cleveland owns this year for LA’s first rounder if they make the playoffs.
If the Lakers fail to make the post season, that pick goes to Phoenix. The difference is around 15 spots.
The Lakers are currently in the eighth and final playoff spot, but they are just one game up on Utah. The Jazz own the tie-breaker however, so the Lakers must finish a game ahead of Utah.
With 2 games left to play for each team, it seems that the Lakers will likely have to win out. They play San Antonio on Sunday, and then finish the season against the Rockets.
They may have to play those games without superstar Kobe Bryant.
Reports coming from LA after the Lakers beat the Warriors tonight are that Kobe Bryant may have a torn Achilles. He will have an MRI tomorrow.
If it is an Achilles tear the typical prognosis is a year of revovery.