After breaking their four-game losing streak, the Lakers finally won their 10th game of the season.
Now at just 10-14, the Lakers are 12th in the Western Conference standings and 21st overall. Of course the team has much higher expectations once Steve Nash (leg) and Pau Gasol (knees) return from injury.
The hope is that by Dec. 22 or even on Christmas Day at Staples Center (against the New York Knicks), the Lakers will have their true starting lineup on the floor. The core of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Nash and Gasol had played all of 1 1/2 games together when Nash went down.
Despite their struggles, the Lakers are only three games behind the sixth-place Minnesota Timberwolves heading into Saturday.
It may be a trick for the Lakers to catch the fifth-place Warriors, unless Golden State significantly tails off after a strong start.