When the NBA’s NBA Playoffs start on Thursday, you may be surprised to see a familiar face in the crowd.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
It’s an important Game 6 in the NBA Finals, but the Lakers’ title hopes are not at stake.
This is not a game for the faint of heart.
What is a game?
When you’re talking about a game, you’re not talking about sports.
If you’re watching basketball for sport, the focus of a game can be on the action on the court, the score, or even the scoreboard itself.
In sports, the emphasis is on winning.
As a sport, winning is the most important goal.
A team is the best team, and winning is what defines success.
So when a game has a goal like winning the championship, is that really a game about basketball?
If a game focuses on winning the title, the goal is the same as the one the Lakers and Jazz have shared this season.
When a game features a team winning the most games in a season, it is a true championship.
But when a sport focuses on a team’s performance in a particular season, the championship focus is not on winning championships.
How do we know that?
Because of the NBA calendar, the Finals start on December 13.
Here is the schedule: November: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks December: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors*January: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat*February: Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder*March: Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets*April: Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers*May: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies*June: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics*July: Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans*August: Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz*September: Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls*October: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers*November: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76-79*December: San Antonio and Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers*January, February, March, April: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Cavaliers*March, April, May, June: Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Mavericks*July, August, September: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers*October, November, December: New Orleans Hornets at Phoenix Suns*January and February, April and May, July, August and September: Lakers at Jazz*February, March and April, July and September, October, November: Phoenix Suns at Golden State*November, December, January, February: Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks*February and March, May and June, July: Utah Jazz at Miami Heat