At 13-17, the Lakers are still 3 1/2 games behind the eighth-place
The Lakers still have a lot of season left (52 games) but they'll need to outperform the
Injuries have played a major part in the Lakers' stumbles.
After playing seven of their last nine on the road, the Lakers get a home-heavy stretch with games against the
If the Lakers can sweep the four-game homestand, they'll find themselves back at .500 in time for a difficult stretch with 10 of 11 on the road.
A slump now could send the Lakers into a tailspin in a very competitive conference.
That's either a very bad thing for a franchise expecting, and expected, to win, or a very good thing with a talented crop of young players likely to come out in the