Is it too early to scoreboard watch?
The Golden State Warriors lost in Sacramento to the Kings, 131-127, on Wednesday night, falling to 17-9.
Given how poorly the Lakers have started the season (12-14), the team has significant ground to make up in the Western Conference and the Pacific Division. With the Warriors dropping a game to the Kings, the Lakers are now five full games behind.
Assuming the Lakers dramatically improve with the return of Pau Gasol (already back) and Steve Nash (presumably within a week), the team will need to climb from 12th in the West to at least eighth to make the playoffs.
The Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers are all ahead of the Lakers in the standings, but within reach. Denver, at 14-12, is sixth in the West, two games in front of the Lakers.