The Lakers (32-31) had a productive Saturday while preparing to meet the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon.
How important were the two wild wins this week over the New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors?
Mathematically, the Lakers are guaranteed to finish no lower than seventh if they win every remaining game this season. While that may be unrealistic, the numbers don't lie.
The Golden State Warriors (35-29), Houston Rockets (34-30) and Utah Jazz (32-31) all lost on Saturday, pulling the Lakers a half-game closer to the top six, seven and eight positions in the Western Conference.
The Lakers are still in ninth place, but they're now tied with the Jazz, who own the season tiebreaker. Utah would finish ahead of the Lakers if neither team loses again.