Video: How the Lakers Make the Playoffs

The Lakers have finally crawled back to .500 and are within striking distance of the playoff picture. With the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz hanging on to the last couple playoff spots, Laker Nation will be forced to do a little bit of scoreboard watching over the last 20 games of the season.

In the latest edition of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak, David Brickley and Jason Riley lay out the road to the postseason, and give you a few reasons why the Lakers may, or may not, play beyond 82 games this season.

Jason Riley is the executive director of He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.