9 Takeaways from Friday Night's NBA Action

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9 Takeaways from Friday Night's NBA Action
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It was a triumph turned tragedy during the NBA's heavy 14-game schedule on Friday night.

The night opened with so much promise. Six Eastern Conference playoff teams took to the hardwood in head-to-head battles in possible previews of postseason matchups.

When the action headed out West, the storylines didn't relent. The haves looked to stand ground, and the have-nots funneled a season of disappointments in an effort to play spoiler.

The schedule was packed with promise and delivered game after game. When only two teams were left standing, the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, the night's intensity only increased.

The squads traded buckets, as both teams tried mightily to flex their superstar strength. But it was the loss of one of those superstars that will come to define this night. It was a loss that the basketball world can only hope isn't permanent.

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