Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have been in a back-and-forth battle with the Jazz over the final playoff spot in the Western Conference for a few weeks now. At various points, both clubs have appeared ready to run away with the coveted position.
And yet, here we are.
With just four games remaining in Utah's schedule, the Jazz hold a half-game lead over L.A. for the No. 8 seed.
The possible outcomes for these two teams are simple: Either the Lakers will make the playoffs, or the Jazz will; there's almost no way both clubs end up in the postseason.
Knowing that, it would behoove Laker fans to get familiar with the Jazz from top to bottom. The two teams won't play one another again this year, but it'll still be helpful for the Laker fanbase to get to know its enemy.
That way, at the very least, L.A. fans might be able to figure out why their team ultimately failed (or succeeded) in avoiding the embarrassment of watching the playoffs from home.
*All stats via NBA.com unless otherwise indicated.