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Los Angeles Lakers Playoff Details
Los Angeles Lakers Postseason History
Los Angeles is known for many things, like movie stars, beaches, and incredible playoff basketball. That third thing is thanks to the Lakers, who have consistently been at the forefront of the NBA across multiple eras to deliver some great performances in the postseason. Thanks to some legendary players in each era of success they’ve had, the Lakers have a playoff pedigree unmatched by most.
Any conversation about the Lakers in the playoffs starts with the Showtime Lakers. Led by an incredible trio of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, the Lakers during the 1980s were a force of nature destroying almost everything in their path. The team won five championships during that era and made several NBA Finals in addition to those five ring-winning campaigns.
Their biggest rivals during the Showtime era were also their biggest rivals throughout the team’s history, the Boston Celtics. During the Showtime era, though, this rivalry was centered around the mutual respect between Johnson and Celtics star Larry Bird. Good friends off the court, the two competed against each other with all of the fire of heated rivals, but shared an admiration once the final buzzer sounded that is rare in sports. The Lakers went 2-1 against the Celtics in the Finals during this era.
Joining Magic and Kareem on the Mount Rushmore of Lakers playoff success could very well be Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Kobe and Shaq were an incredible pairing, with Kobe able to score from the perimeter and get to the rim, while O’Neal was simply too dominant a force on the interior for teams to handle.
The Lakers won three straight titles during the Shaq and Kobe era, losing just three Finals games in those three seasons. Their masterpiece was the 2001 postseason, where the Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs before beating the Allen Iverson-led Philadelphia 76ers in a 4-1 NBA Finals rout. Kobe went on to win two more titles with the Lakers after Shaq’s departure, but the Shaq and Kobe Lakers were one of the most fun teams to watch in league history.
When Do Lakers Playoff Tickets Go On Sale?
When Lakers playoff tickets go on sale depends on the NBA landscape each season. They tend to go on sale at or near the point where the team officially gets into the playoffs, which usually happens in late March or early April. But tickets can go on sale earlier than that if the team has pulled well ahead of their competition in the Pacific division and Western Conference.
How Much Do Lakers Playoff Tickets Cost?
Playoff tickets for the Lakers have an average resale price tag of $272. But tickets can be above or below that mark depending on factors such as where in the arena a fan wants to sit, as well as the stage of the playoffs the team is in. NBA Finals tickets or tickets to elimination games tend to be more expensive than tickets to an early round series, and seats near the floor tend to be more expensive than those in the higher seating levels.