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.
January 13, 2014 |
The Lakers play one final game at home before a seven-game road trip. The team has lost 10 of 11 games without showing much sign that a winning streak of one is near. Until the team gets at least some their injured players back (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry), it's difficult to pick the Lakers in any game against any team. Through 37 games, the Lakers have 14 wins, two behind cumulative expectations . Tuesday vs. Cleveland Cavaliers If there's a team the Lakers have a real shot to beat this week, it's the Cavaliers.