February 7, 2013 |
With Pau Gasol out with a foot injury and Dwight Howard a question mark with his shoulder, the Lakers (23-26) will have a real challenge when they visit the Boston Celtics (25-23) on Thursday night. The Celtics have won their last five games, including a 99-95 victory on Wednesday in Toronto over the Raptors. Boston recently lost both Rajon Rondo (knee) and Jared Sullinger (back) for the season, but the Celtics have a deep roster. The Lakers have been playing some of their best basketball, winning three straight on the road and six of their last seven.
March 25, 2013 |
The Lakers (36-34) went winless in Week 21 against two sub-.500 teams. A short-handed loss to the Suns in Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back might have made some sense -- but losing an 18-point lead to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center was a debacle. Now the Lakers have 12 games left to climb to the sixth or seventh seeding in the Western Conference -- or at the very least protect their hold on eighth place. That battle takes shape on Monday with a visit to the Golden State Warriors.