Lakers Examiner: As much as everyone in L.A. would like to see it, the Lakers aren’t going to go 82-0. So now the question is, when will the Lakers pick up their first loss of the season?
The Lakers are 4-0 with wins against sub-par teams: the young and Oden-less Trail Blazers, the chemistry-less Clippers (twice), and the in-flux Nuggets.
Looking at the schedule, if the Lakers are going to lose a game this season, it’s going to be one of the next three:
11/9 vs. Houston – True, the Rockets haven’t been playing the way that most people expected, but you can never take Yao, McGrady, and Artest lightly, even at home. After a heart-breaking loss in Portland last night (three tremendous shots at the end of OT), the Rockets will likely have fun exacting revenge on the Clippers tonight. By Sunday they could be confident and firing on all cylinders, ready to steal a win from the Lakers at Staples. Also, the fact that this will only be the Lakers’ second game in eight days may work against them.
11/11 at Dallas – The Lakers have only played one real road game this season (the hallway series doesn’t count) and Dallas is a much tougher place to play than Denver. The Mavs are looking to prove that they’re still a contender and knocking off the Lakers is a great way to do that.
11/12 at New Orleans – Let’s be honest, if the Lakers get through this one undefeated, they very well may not lose all season. Everything is stacked against the Lakers here. It will be their third game in four days and the second of a back-to-back. Not to mention they’re playing the Hornets, who have only gotten stronger since competing with the Lakers for the best record in the West last season. This matchup has LOSS written all over it for the Lakers. But that’s why they play the games, right?