This article will look at five possible worst-case scenarios for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
After a 96-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, the Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak and improved their overall record to 11-8.
There are reasons to believe the team will eventually improve their play, which has been average during the first month of the season, especially on the offensive end, where the Lakers rank 21st in points per game, 17th in overall offensive rating and second to last in three-point percentage.
The team is in the process of learning a new offense, has had very few full-contact practices and like all other teams in the league, is adjusting to playing more games in fewer days thanks to the lockout. All of these are legitimate reasons to blame the team’s early season shortcomings on.
But there are also reasons to think the Lakers’ struggles could continue as the calendar turn from winter to spring.
Outside of a major injury, here are five worst-case scenarios for the Lakers’ 2011-'12 season.