Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/13/14
LOS ANGELES Congratulations to the Lakers for their almost-comeback win over the Clippers Friday night, losing 107-102 in the latest edition of The Battle of Los Angeles. Now lets talk about why it was virtually meaningless. Already 32 games into a mind-numbing season, a "near comeback victory" means nothing. The Lakers are 15-17 and are 11th in the Western Conference standings. That translates to three slots out of a playoff berth, two games behind Denver for the last spot in the West. They need wins, not almosts. Right now, theres still plenty of time to jump over three teams and get into the postseason. But that's only if they make major offensive changes that impact a defense that gives up the fifth-most points per game in the NBA. Only Houston, Phoenix, Dallas and Sacramento give up more. How does the offense make the defense better? By giving up on the idea that they can push the ball and settle into an offense that features Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. And ...
1 Comment:
  • I WISH D'ANTONI COULD JUST READ THIS!!! WHY DON'T WE JUST HAVE BICKERSTAFF COACH THIS TEAM FOR NOW. THIS CERTAINLY IS A TOTAL WASTE OF TALENT. WASTE OF TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT TO KOBE,HOWARD AND TO THE FRANCHISE.THIS IS TOTAL ARMAGEDDON. MIGHT START TO LOSE HOWARD AT THE END OF THE YEAR IF JIM BUSS WILL NOT LISTEN AND LISTEN GOOD.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler could revive QB's career

Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tom Brady saying he's grown up

Rajon Rondo reportedly traded to Mavericks

Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow: 'He wants another shot at playing'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Keenan Lewis: Saints preparing 'funeral' for Falcons

Chris Christie defends being a Cowboys fan

Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Harbaugh turned down Michigan money in 2011

Why the Saints pose a legit threat to any playoff team

Matt Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

Hugh Freeze proud of Ole Miss’ record 2.57 team GPA

Youngstown St. addresses Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell is having an MVP season

Jim Harbaugh comments on the reported offer from Michigan

Michael Jordan's college Converse shoes sell for $33,387

Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are the Monstrosity of the Midway

Tom Brady's TD celebrations frighten teammates

The impact of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins, other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.