After deciding to stay, Lakers could be in bubble a while

Full Screen
1 / 3

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, second from right, hugs Portland Trail Blazers' Gary Trent Jr. (2) after an NBA basketball first round playoff game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 131-122 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There was a point this week when LeBron James and the Lakers weren't sure they would remain in the bubble.

They decided to stay and look like they could be here a while.

The Lakers moved into the Western Conference semifinals by finishing off the Portland Trail Blazers with a 131-122 victory on Saturday night.

It was the Lakers' first series victory since 2012 and set them up for a second-round matchup against Houston or Oklahoma City. The Rockets lead 3-2 with Game 6 on Monday, so the Lakers will have some time off.

They just got back from a break.

Los Angeles was scheduled to play Wednesday night and the players were relaxing in their rooms when they got word that the Milwaukee Bucks had decided not to play their game that afternoon against Orlando. It was a surprise to everyone else in the league and there was some frustration that night when players held a meeting.

James was one of the frustrated people, having realized the Bucks hadn't fully thought through their actions.

“And then from that point on, my mind began to figure out, what is the plan going forward? And if we don’t have a plan, then what are we talking about? Why are we still here?” James said.