It felt like October, sweaters, blankets, fans huddled and howling. It looked like October, Dodgers and Washington Nationals, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, playoff shadows, Cy Young shine.
One of most intriguing subplots of these NBA playoffs involves two parties who have been watching from afar. Two fallen champions, two former greats dreaming of future vindication. Two troubled souls who should realize they need each other: The Lakers and Kawhi Leonard.