It seems like an eternity ago when the Los Angeles Lakers were above .500 and were sitting comfortably in the eight seed. Fans were thinking playoffs and others were left scratching their heads wondering what had gotten into the Lakers.
The Lakers 123-114 loss to the Raptors on Sunday has them in the twelfth seed at 12-25 overall. Fans have gone from thinking the Lakers can sneak into the playoffs to thinking maybe the Lakers can get a lottery pick.
Injuries have been a big reason for the Lakers disappointing stretch. D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young, and Larry Nance Jr. have all battled injuries, forcing the deep bench players like Calderon, Huertas, and Robinson to take on more minutes.
Yet despite an abysmal 2-14 month of December, the Lakers are only 4 games out of the eighth seed. For the first time in awhile, the Lakers are relatively healthy. Larry Nance Jr. suffered a bone bruise that will sideline him for 4 weeks, but Thomas Robinson has been playing well in his place. Health will be a key factor going forward for a Lakers squad looking to turn things around
It is important to remember that this is a young Lakers team with a young head coach; there will be ups and downs. They showed at the beginning of the season that they can compete at a high level. It is only a matter of time before they start winning games and shocking opposing fans and teams.