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Can Lakers stay close enough to make playoff push in April?
Can Lakers stay close enough to make playoff push in April?

If the Lakers can stay healthy this season, after an injury-plagued, 27-win 2013-14, the team may be able to rebound through March with a winning record. Losing center/forward Pau Gasol to the Chicago Bulls in free agency won't help, but the return of Kobe Bryant after knee and Achilles injuries should lead to a more successful 2014-15 season. Every team plays an 82-game schedule, but the Lakers have a relatively light path with only 16 games on consecutive nights, and no road trip longer than a five-game stint in March. Starting April with a 38-35 or even 39-34 record may not be out of reach. The final month features seven games at Staples Center (including one "away"...

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