Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/11/13
The walk to the team bus was short but still left eons for Steve Nash to ponder the imponderable. Will the Lakers miss the playoffs? "I think about it every day," he said in a quiet moment after their latest loss, Wednesday in San Antonio. "We've got to make some serious ground up here quickly. We're in deep, and we've got to find a way to scratch and claw and get to 48 wins." He chose 48 because it was tossed his way by a reporter. It's the average number of victories claimed by the eighth and final team in the Western Conference playoffs the last five years. It's actually 47.7 and based on a .582 winning percentage to account for playing only 66 games last season because of the lockout. So the Lakers (15-20) must go 33-14 the rest of the way to get to 48. Good luck. The team winning 43 of its games must now win 70 of the rest. The first chance is Friday at home against Oklahoma City (27-8) without Dwight Howard and possibly Pau Gasol, who's still not cleared to play because ...
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