The Point: Starring Moments Often Find Role Players In NBA Playoffs

With the NBA planning to resume this season late next month at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., we will all be embarking on the extraordinary experiment of deciding a league champion via playoff games with no home-court advantage. That widely accepted notion about role players playing better at home won’t apply with no team on its home floor, yet it’s fair to question how those players will fare never getting the boost of benefits James cited. For the Lakers, there’s already a dash of good and bad.

For the Lakers, there’s already a dash of good and bad.

They can win anywhere: They possess by far the league’s best road record this season at 26-6—an .813 winning percentage to Milwaukee’s .735 and Toronto’s .719 in the East. (And same-conference teams face each other more often—meaning there’s a higher degree of difficulty in a Western Conference schedule, as seven of the league’s nine worst teams are in the East.)