Los Angeles Lakers (30-30) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-16)
The Lakers have made it back to .500. That normally is not a cause celebre in Laker-land, not with that Hall of Fame lineup and those championship expectations. Yet, Sunday's win over Atlanta proved to be an important morale-boosting win for the Lakers. Getting back to .500 is a sign Los Angeles is closer to its goal.
That goal might be just making the playoffs at the moment. That is something nobody thought they would say.
The goal is indeed getting closer and the Lakers are making ground. But for every step forward Los Angeles seems to make, the team meets a road block that keeps it from getting over the top. Not to mention that the Jazz and the Rockets have to help by losing soem games to allow Los Angeles to get back into the Playoff picture.
The Lakers though inevitably will not have home court advantage. So winning on the road against one of the top teams in the West is a must for...