Starting Monday night at Staples Center against the New York Knicks, the Clippers next three opponents all have losing records.
And depending on whose side you're on - the good guys won in the end.
Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He referred to Thursday night's game against Utah when Irving had to leave the game with knee soreness.
As he often does, Kyrie went into "Mr".
Tristan Thompson and Deron Williams scored 11 points each, while Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and J.R. Smith scored 10 points apiece, as Cleveland shot 38.8 per cent and a season-worst 18.5 per cent from three-point range. Everybody has. Four in five nights are tough. "We just had to figure out a way to weather the storm".
The Big Three's teammates contributed just 24 points. James had eight past year. The former Buckeye standout finished 14-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from deep and 5-of-7 from the line.
Jordan Clarkson added 19 points for the Lakers, and rookie Brandon Ingram had 18. Fans pay a lot of money to see LeBron or Curry the one time they come to town. With a 43-point fourth quarter, Cleveland made sure the Lakers didn't put an unsightly dent on its hopes of securing the top overall seed in the East. Their 31 points in the first half was also a season low.
The Los Angeles Lakers are fully committed to player development over the final dozen games of the regular season, and experimenting with D'Angelo Russell's role appears to be next in store. He has played in 60 out of 68 games.
"And it's a long, strenuous season and the National Basketball Association does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can".
Quotable - Coach Tyronn Lue, on giving his guys rest on Saturday night ... Cleveland general manager David Griffin said that the league office contacted him after the Clippers game and they were "not happy". Sometimes you have to understand it is not a show, but a competition. How many wins does it cost the Cavs if LeBron plays 35 minutes instead of almost 38? "When you get down early, it hurts your confidence, and now you've got to fight and try to win your game".
Kyrie Irving is battling left knee soreness right now, but other than that has had tremendous health all season.