Found March 29, 2013 on Indyposted.com:
With the Los Angeles Lakers hovering around the final playoff spot in the Western Division, one of the most consistent teams in the NBA needs to go into overdrive over their final stretch of games to ensure a playoff spot. Season ticket holder Vahe Hayrapetian says it would be a big disappointment if the Lakers missed the playoffs this season after trading for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. With Kobe Bryant, it seems like any addition to the Lakers’ roster would make them even more of a contender. The experiment for Dwight Howard did not work out as expected, though, and the team went through way too many growing pains at the beginning of the season. Eighth place might be the best the Lakers can attain since they are multiple games behind seventh place, but eighth is not guaranteed. Utah, Dallas and Portland all only sit a few games behind the Lakers and could take their spot should Los Angeles collapse over the final part of the season. The Lakers play Portland and Dallas over the final stretch and also face the Clippers, San Antonio and Memphis in the final two weeks. Recently, Kobe Bryant said it is no time to get emotional and rather need to focus over the final three weeks of the season. Bryant says if the team remains poised and pays attention to what teams are going to do to try to beat them, the Lakers should be able to push through and make the postseason. Bryant said as the team’s leader, he needs to direct the Lakers over these final few weeks and keep them on track. He said it is not all about motivating them and being a cheerleader but instead pointing his teammates in the right direction against certain opponents. Making the playoffs is the Lakers’ main concern right now, but should they make the playoffs it is likely they will struggle in the first round. San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers sit in the top three spots respectively, though Denver and Memphis could slide into one of those positions as well. All of those teams have been playing well down the stretch and could give the Lakers a lot of trouble. For now, though, the Lakers need to focus on their final opponents in order to ensure an appearance in the postseason. ABOUT Vahe Hayrapetian has been a passionate Lakers fan for many years through the team’s ups and downs.   Vahe Hayrapetian: Lakers Need To Push For Playoffs - Indyposted -
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