Lakers dip to 12th place in the Western Conference

Lakers dip to 12th place in the Western Conference
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer, right, knocks the ball away from Lakers forward Pau Gasol during the first half of the Lakers' 113-90 loss Sunday at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

After Week 2 of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Lakers dropped two spots in the Western Conference to 12th place.

With a 1-3 record for the week, the Lakers (3-5) are now 3 1/2 games behind the first-place San Antonio Spurs (6-1).

Only three teams in the Eastern Conference have winning records with the Indiana Pacers the only undefeated franchise left in the NBA at 7-0. The surprising Philadelphia 76ers have matched the Miami Heat with a 4-3 start.

Nine teams in the West have records above .500 including four teams at 4-3 (Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Clippers).

The Lakers are the only team with eight games already played. At this early point in the season, the 12th-place Lakers are only two games behind the fifth-place Portland Trail Blazers (4-2).

Defensively the Lakers are giving up 106.5 points a night, worst in the West -- although only 0.2 behind the Clippers.

Of course the Clippers score 110 a night while the Lakers are at a comparatively anemic 97.3 points per game.


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