The Los Angeles Lakers (12-9) are gearing up for a pivotal clash against the Phoenix Suns (12-8) in the inaugural In-Season Tournament quarterfinals, with the winner securing a spot in the semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans in Las Vegas.
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham expressed the unique intensity of the upcoming quarterfinals.
“It’s not your regular run-of-the-mill game. Adding the In-Season Tournament puts a lot more fire on it. It’s as close as you can get at this point of the year to the playoffs,” according to comments relayed by Mike Trudell.