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Old 01-09-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default The Lakers really need to start winning soon...

I know I'm stating the obvious, but damn. They're 15-20 now. In order to make the postseason they'll probably need mid-40s in wins, but let's figure they need 50 (worst case scenario). They'd need to go 35-12 (roughly 75% of their remaining schedule) to reach that total. It might not seem like it's out of reach, but just a few days ago they were 15-15 and needed to finish 35-17 (a little more than 2/3 of their games).

It's not doomsday yet, but it's getting dangerously close.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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I don't see them making it higher than 8th. The defense needs a massive improvement and that seems like it will take a long time to drill and fix
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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it's definitely time to worry considering they play in the West. I'd venture to say they'll make it as a 6th-8th seed though.
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Default Re: The Lakers really need to start winning soon...

They are still only 4 loses behind denver, but you are right, they need to get their sht together before the all star weekend or else it'll be very hard to get in the top 8.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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It's not doomsday yet, but it's getting dangerously close.

Taking a look at the Lakers next 11 games.

7 of their next 11 games are against difficult opponents. Opponents such as the Heat, Thunder twice, Grizzlies, Bulls should be likely losses. Then some average teams in the Jazz and Bucks could go either way. Then they play sub .500 teams in the Cavaliers, Hornets, Suns and Raptors. Winning those four games is a must. If they can win those four, beat the Jazz and Bucks, and try to beat one of the great teams I mentioned, that would place them at 7-4 in their next 11. Putting them at a respectable 22-24 in the meantime. Now if they choke and lose against all the top teams, and average teams and lay an egg against one of the sub. 500 then it's doomsday.
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They are still only 4 loses behind denver, but you are right, they need to get their sht together before the all star weekend or else it'll be very hard to get in the top 8.

Since Memphis is (apparently) cleaning house and the Warriors are (likely) due to fall back to reality, if not for this 5-game losing skid there was a remote chance they could've made a run for the 4 seed. Not so much as of today.

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Taking a look at the Lakers next 11 games.

7 of their next 11 games are against difficult opponents. Opponents such as the Heat, Thunder twice, Grizzlies, Bulls should be likely losses. Then some average teams in the Jazz and Bucks could go either way. Then they play sub .500 teams in the Cavaliers, Hornets, Suns and Raptors. Winning those four games is a must. If they can win those four, beat the Jazz and Bucks, and try to beat one of the great teams I mentioned, that would place them at 7-4 in their next 11. Putting them at a respectable 22-24 in the meantime. Now if they choke and lose against all the top teams, and average teams and lay an egg against one of the sub. 500 then it's doomsday.

I haven't looked at their schedule yet, but they can't afford to lose many (any?) more winnable games.
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still have 20+ games left vs top teams in the league. too little margin for error...
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Default Re: The Lakers really need to start winning soon...

Let's say you need 43 wins to at least have a shot at making the playoffs in the West.

Right now the Lakers are 15-20 which means there are 47 games left.
That means Lakers have to go 28-19 to have a shot at making the playoffs.
Pretty good record needed JUST to HAVE A SHOT.
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