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January could be a critical and difficult month for the Lakers
January could be a critical and difficult month for the Lakers

The Lakers may be able to hover around .500 through November and December.  The first month of the season will be a challenge, but a road-heavy December could be manageable for the Lakers. Play shifts back to Staples Center in January, with nine at home (plus a visit to the Clippers). Competition will be tough, as only five opponents in 15 games missed the postseason last year. One lottery opponent that has improved significantly is the Cleveland Cavaliers, who picked up LeBron James this summer and is rumored to be acquiring Kevin Love soon in trade.  While the Miami Heat are likely to dip considerably, they still have a respectable, veteran roster. The Lakers open up 2015...

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