At 25-29 and with 28 games remaining, what record will it take for the Lakers to make the playoffs?
John Gaffer // @jewelslamo:
The playoffs? Unless the Lakers find a way to play defense, dominate the boards, and figure out how to win while sacrificing personal satisfaction in exchange for team goals, they won’t make postseason play. On the off chance they do, they still need to go 20-8 the rest of the way.
Felipe Amaral // @F_Amaral:
The Lakers can’t afford to lose more than 10 of those games. Going 18-10 from now on will make them sit at a 43-39 record by the end of the season, which should give them a solid chance of getting within the 8th seed in the West.
Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:
20-8. The Lakers must get off to a quick start coming out of the All-Star break to have a chance at that record. With Houston, Utah and Portland still hovering around .500, a 45-37 record should be good enough for the 7th or 8th seed in the Western Conference this season.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren:
The Lakers need to get to 45 wins for a realistic shot. That means 20-8 over this last stretch. 43-44 might do it, but the Lakers don’t hold the tiebreaker with Utah, Portland, or Houston, so 45 is probably the magic number.
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:
I believe The Lakers will need to finish 18-10 in order to make the playoffs, and that’s with a decent amount of help from the teams currently in the playoff race. The Lakers will need to play great team basketball, make unselfish plays, and know how to get each other in the best possible situation to succeed.
Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII:
I fully believe that it will take at least 18-20 wins to make the playoffs. If they were in the East, we would not be having this discussion. Since they are in the West, it will take full buy in from everyone to make a rally to the 8th seed. Remember when 50 wins were not good enough to make the playoffs in the West but 38 were in the East (2007-2008)? That’s what it’s beginning to look like for the Lakers.
James Cypert // @JamesCypert:
Should the Lakers can finish 19-9 or better in the final 28 games of the season, they’ll be playing basketball into May. Despite a 25-29 start to the season, if this Lakers team that went 8-4 going into the All-Star break continues at that pace, they’ll be able to leapfrog Houston and Portland into the final playoff spot in the West. That said, half of the Lakers remaining games are on the road, and a 9-18 road record this year would suggest most of their success will need to take place at Staples Center should the Lakers look to make the playoffs.
Bummi Anderson // @BummiNAnderson:
With 28 games remaining, the Lakers need to go 23-5 to make playoffs.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:
At this point in the season, with this record, it’s going to take some divine intervention for the Lakers to make the playoffs. They have been struck with every instance of adversity this season, and they have to continue trying to deal with their circumstances as best as they can. They can’t heal injured teammates and they can’t turn back time. All they can do is play the game at hand like it’s their last.
Robert Benitez // @Beeb0:
Last night D’Antoni said he believes the Lakers must go 20-8 for the rest of the season and I agree with him. It seems like a daunting task, but the schedule seems to ease up a bit. I think they could do it.
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