Coming into the NBA playoffs, many felt just like the Los Angeles Lakers would have the hardest street of any workforce. The Portland Path Blazers promised to be a worthy first-round foe, though the Lakers dispatched them in 5 video games. Past that, followers weren’t offered they’d breeze by the Rockets, who confirmed flashes of brilliance whereas within the bubble. After dropping Recreation 1, the Lakers rapidly put an finish to all of that noise as they received 4 straight video games in opposition to the Rockets, together with Recreation 5, final night time.

The Recreation 5 matchup was by no means significantly shut because the Lakers ran over the Rockets from begin to end. Whereas down virtually 30 factors, Russell Westbrook started speaking trash to none apart from LeBron James who appeared fairly amused by all of it. On this clip posted to Twitter, you may see LeBron laughing in Russ‘ face after he suggests the Lakers needs to be double-teaming him.

General, this was a worst-case state of affairs sport for the Rockets who will now must exit the bubble sooner than they’d have hoped. In the meantime, the Los Angeles Lakers are heading to the Western Convention Last for the primary time in 10 years which is thrilling for followers who’ve needed to cope with some fairly unhealthy groups over the previous few years.

Now, the Lakers will look forward to the Nuggets and Clippers sequence to finish earlier than realizing their subsequent opponent.