State of the Nation: Post-All-Star Break Edition

How will the Lakers fare over the final 29 games?

Johnny Navarrette // @JohnnyNav: March and April are very tough schedules for the Lakers.  Just at quick glance, I could see the Lakers winning as low as 6 games and as many as 15. Health still plays a huge factor in that but not sure if things improve on that front anytime soon.

Image: Associated Press

Image: Associated Press

Oren Levy // @LakersOren: 10-19, assuming Kobe plays in about 15 games.

Jory Dreher // @Jay_Laker: Their post All Star game schedule will not be kind to them. They are looking at Houston, Boston, Brooklyn, Memphis, and Indiana right out of the gate, and could potentially drop all five. Obviously the recent news of Kobe’s knee not healing as fast as expected has to be factored in. I’d be surprised if they finish .500 over the coarse of their last 29.

Ash Kargaran // @aakargaran: The Lakers have a brutal final 29 games left in the season. I believe they will finish the final 29 games with a record of 6-23, bringing their final season record to an abysmal 24-58.

Kanta Ito // @Kanta_B_Ito: So much uncertainty exist with the Lakers roster, so the roster might change a lot in the next few days. However, if the last 3 months is the telling sign of the Lakers’ future this season, optimism will not exist for this team to turn around moving forward this season.

Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia: Over the last 29 games I estimate the Lakers finish 10-19 down the stretch, this is without a trade however. They face OKC, HOU, POR, and LAC two more times each and SAS three more times, as this point we can chalk all those up as losses. Tough schedule to finish a tough season overall.

Robert Benitez // @beeb0: I’ll give a conservative guess of 9-20. With Kobe still being far from a return, Pau’s ailing groin, Farmar’s hamstring, Nash’s back, and finally both Henry’s and Swaggy P’s knees… I can’t see this team doing much better than that.

Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII: I would love to say they could go 29-0 but that would not have even happened with a healthy team last season. Realistically, I see the Lakers going 13-16. While it’s not .500, it’s not as bas as it could be either. There’s still some fight in this team.

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