NBA Playoffs 2012: Lakers Closer To No. 3 Seed After Clippers Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers are two wins away from clinching the No. 3 playoff seed in the Western Conference and a Pacific Division championship.

The Los Angeles Clippers' 93-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night put the Clippers (39-34) one game back behind the Lakers (40-23).

The Lakers can clinch the No. 3 seed by going at least 2-1 in the team's remaining games against San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. This task won't be easy for the Lakers as the Spurs and the Thunder are No. 1 and No. 2 in the Western Conference respectively.

Meanwhile, the Clippers need to keep on winning to possibly steal the No. 3 seed away from the Lakers or lock down the No. 4 seed. The Clippers remaining three games are against New Orleans, Atlanta and New York. The Memphis Grizzlies (37-25) could take the No. 4 seed and the home-court advantage with it if they win their final four games.

For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll. For all your Clippers information, head over to Clips Nation.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.