Since we're close to midseason and there's a real shot at this, let's use this thread to discuss what's going on in LA that benefits or hurts our chances at getting their (lottery) pick this year.
1. Howard currently injured. Could be out at least another week
2. Gasol is day to day last I've heard.
3. As of yesterday, news broke that Jordan Hill is likely to miss the rest of the year with a hip injury.
LA's bench is weak so losing Hill is a big deal.
Even when (if) they get Howard and Gasol back, it will once again take some time to figure out chemistry.
If anyone has new news, post it and I'll update the thread title.
Currently LA is 5 games back of the 8th seed in the West. Houston and Portland are tied for the 8th seed. Houston owns the tie breaker over LA so far. Portland has split its two meeting swith LA so far.
By my estimation the Lakers should finish around 39-43. Best case for them is 46-36. If they do finish 46-36 they'd probably be at best a 7-8 seed. Thats all assuming the beat who they should and lose to who they should. They very easily could do worse if Howard or Gasol stay hurt.