I'm prepared for the blasting I'll take...but this team is in SERIOUS trouble, and Steve Nash isn't going to help the defensive struggles...and you know they aren't going to get fair/full value for Pau.
Teams are hacking D12 in the 4th qt and he's killing us with his inability to hit free throws. The bench is terrible, and we have no assets to make it any better...so where do the Lakers fit into the early playoff picture? The Clips, Grizz, Spurs, Thunder are all pretty much locks to finish ahead of LA...then there's a log-jam of mediocre team battling for the 5-8 slots...and the Lakers are one of them.
At this point...if the Lakers make the playoffs, which it would be a monumental disaster if they didn't, I just can't see them getting past any of those top 4 teams...too much depth, athleticism, youth...the Lakers are really looking at an uphill challenge.