The team is now 1-9, heading into Week 4's three-game road trip to the
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
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
The 9-1 Rockets are tied for first place in the
In addition to stars
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
Dallas is no slouch defensively, despite giving up 100 points a night, they have a very solid 9.5 point differential.
In addition to scorers
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
Denver will be the first team the Lakers play with a losing record -- in their 14th game.