The most obvious one here.
This summer, ESPN projected the Lakers would win 59 games while Yahoo.com predicted 64 wins. Now that the Lakers sit at 15-16, both of those predictions look pretty much impossible.
While the Lakers were bound to go through some growing pains, no one thought that they would be this bad. It's understandable that they are not in the top three in the West, but to not be in the top eight?
At this point, every loss is hurting L.A. more and more. The Lakers can't afford another slump, and them winning the title seems like an impossible feat.
The excuses are starting to run out. Looking past the poor play, the injuries and the front-office errors, all we have are the wins and losses.
If the season ended today, the Lakers would not be in the playoffs. We are almost at the halfway point here, so this isn't a little "out-of-the-gate stumble."
This might be a Superteam on paper, but they are nothing but an average group on the floor.
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