The only time in my life I've been disappointed after watching my team win on a buzzer beater was last night. With the Lakers down by two D'Angelo Russell shoots a three that rattles around in the rim, pops up, and miraculously falls as time expires to beat the Timberwolves 106-105. It was hard for me to be upset after I had found out D'Angelo's grandmother had passed away the day prior, so he was dedicating that game to her. For him to have a moment like that probably made his pain go away for that brief moment, knowing his grandmother help pushed that ball back down into the bottom of the net. As a fan watching from home unaware of what this truly meant to D'Angelo at the time, was really rough.
The Lakers have won 4 straight games, there longest win streak since the 2012-13 season, pretty embarrassing to say the least, but supposedly promising for our future. All we should be doing right now is losing and since we're not, it's probably going to cost us our draft pick. If the Lakers don't get a top 3 pick, it's over, it's gone, and we get nothing as a result of this terrible season. What a kick in the fucking nuts that would be. If we would've lost these last 4 games instead of won we'd be right where we need to be to almost ensure we get that draft pick. If we lost all those games we'd have the second worst record instead of 3rd increasing our chances by a lot. Also, the Nets have been extremely hot, so we might've been able to get the 1 spot if they're able to win one of their final two games. Instead, we decided to start winning out of nowhere, and we're playing with fire as we're the #3 spot come lottery day.
Not saying it's not still very possible to get a #1,#2, or #3 pick in the draft, however mathematically our chances are decreased by a lot. Why is the coaching staff or management not enforcing the tank initiative is beyond me, but they're the ones with the plan, and they're the ones that'll have to answer for why the Lakers once again suck next year, 4 years into the rebuilding process. I'll say my prayers, I'll do my due-diligence as a fan, but if the Lakers don't get this pick it's safe to say all optimism will be lost for next season.