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 ...