The Lakers did defeat the Charlotte Hornets for one victory this season, but Week 3 was a winless catastrophe.
The Lakers will win a game this week, maybe even two. To date, the team is one worse than the cumulative prediction of 2-8.
Tuesday at Atlanta Hawks
Nick Young may make his season debut after injuring his thumb during the preseason.
While the Lakers' biggest issue is on the defensive side of the ball -- not one of Young's greatest strengths -- improved offensive balance should help improve the Lakers' entire game.
The emotion of Young's return, along with desperation after losing nine of 10, could spur the Lakers on to a win over a solid Hawks team (5-4).
Wednesday at Houston Rockets
Look for Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin to have difficult nights against the defensive matchups of Ariza and Patrick Beverley.
Friday at Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks (7-3) are the highest scoring team in the league at 109.5 points a game, eclipsing even the Golden State Warriors (108.6 nightly).
Dallas is no slouch defensively, despite giving up 100 points a night, they have a very solid 9.5 point differential.
Sunday vs. Denver Nuggets
Former Lakers guard and assistant coach Bryan Shaw has had a difficult time this season as head coach of the 2-7 Nuggets.
Last season, Denver had almost as many injuries as the Lakers -- this year they have a healthier roster but are under-performing.
The Lakers always seem to have trouble dealing with point guard Ty Lawson.
Denver will be the first team the Lakers play with a losing record -- in their 14th game.