5 Positive Signs from the L.A. Lakers' Early-Season Games

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5 Positive Signs from the L.A. Lakers' Early-Season Games
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Dwight Howard has reason to smile—he is on the mend and still the best center in the NBA

Contrary to popular belief, the Los Angeles Lakers have not fallen off a cliff.  And, no, that three-alarm blaze you heard about in downtown was not a call to rescue the purple and gold from burning down before the first week of the regular season had even ended.

The Lakers actually won a game on Sunday.  Sure, it was against the lowly, inept, ragged Detroit Pistons, but a win is a win and Mike Brown's club has been on a serious mission in search of victories since last May.

As the Lakers headed to Utah for a game Wednesday against the Jazz, their record stood at a mediocre 1-3 and the questions surrounding the makeup and future of this team were many.  Yet, there are a number of reasons to believe these Lakers are going to turn it around sooner than later.

The Lakers of Sunday's impressive 108-79 win over the Pistons more closely resembled the team that architect Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike Brown envisioned when training camp opened a little over a month ago.

The schedule makers have been kind to L.A. After tonight's game in Salt Lake City, the Lakers return home for six straight at Staples Center.

And while Steve Nash remains sidelined with a broken foot and boatloads of issues remain, the Lakers have enough positives to make a case for a very successful campaign.

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