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STATE YOUR CASE: Will the Los Angeles Lakers make the playoffs?

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 13:02

 

Lakers to make playoffs

by JASON BORBA

staff writer

 

It has been a rough first half of the season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but this team will make the playoffs.

In sports it’s about how you finish and not how you start. The Lakers season couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, but with the All-Star break is behind them, the wins will come.

Sitting in 10th place in the West and only three games out of the playoff picture, the Lakers can’t be ruled out. Ahead of them are Portland, Utah, Houston and Golden State. Those are all young teams who haven’t had recent playoff success. One if not two of those teams will falter down the stretch and open the door for the Lakers.  

Why will the Lakers make the playoffs? Two Words. Kobe Bryant.

The Dwight Howard experiment has been a disaster so far, but I think he is going to pull his head out of his butt and realize he needs to step up for this team to win. Howard is the best center in the league and can change the game defensively. If he worries about defense, the offense will come.

Steve Nash will continue to do whatever is needed and Gasol will return from injury for the home stretch. The Lakers are old but talented and talent can win you games in the NBA, and they have shown flashes of brilliance. They also have a little extra motivation after the passing of owner Jerry Buss.

All they need to do is get hot and the rest is history.

 

– jborba@aggiemail.usu.edu   

Twitter: @JBorba15

 

Lakers will not make playoffs

 

by MArK HOPKINS

sports senior writer

 

Mocking both the Lakers here and BYU in my column is like a hated team holiday for me.

But attempting to remove the majority of my bias, the Lakers still aren’t making the playoffs. Here’s why.

They’re old and they play old. Younger, more athletic teams seem to run right around and over them. Check out the injury list: Steve Nash’s leg, Pau Gasol’s foot, Dwight Howard’s back, Kobe Bryant’s ego: It starts sounding like a retirement home hospital list.

Their defense is non-existent. Currently at 23rd in the league and consistently allowing more than 100 points a game, there’s not much hope for LA. Mike D’Antoni has never been known for defense and these Lakers aren’t outscoring you any time soon.

They’re cranky. Kobe can’t give up being the man all the time in order to win and doesn’t know how to get along with Dwight, which means they’re also on the kindergarten playground. The front office doesn’t want drama but keeps throwing themselves into trade considerations anyways.

Let’s be honest: Gasol is the ugliest man on the planet, Nash is about as ineffective as a BYU student section, having that many superstars means you have no bench, and it’s about time the Lakers had this happen. Everyone has to lose at some point, and it looks like Los Angeles has found their year. Seeing as the Jazz aren’t going too far, we can at least rejoice in Laker destruction.

 

– m.hop@aggiemail.usu.edu

@legendarymhops

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