Who's More Likely to Miss the Playoffs, Lakers or Celtics?

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorJanuary 2, 2013

This is not where the L.A. Lakers or the Boston Celtics expected to be.

Hovering around .500. Banged up and struggling to acclimate to numerous new, underachieving faces. Seemingly rudderless, lacking energy and identity. 

Out of the NBA playoffs if they began today. 

We're more than 30 games into each of their seasons, but the Lakers and Celtics have yet to be anything more than consistently inconsistent. 

For franchises that routinely aim for championships, this season's aims were so much higher than what has transpired so far. 

If the unthinkable were to happen and the playoffs were missed, would it be Los Angeles, Boston or both?

NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes debate which of these disappointing teams is treading in more dangerous waters right now. 

What do you think? Who is in bigger trouble and why? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!