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5 Reasons the L.A. Lakers Aren't Making the NBA Playoffs This Year
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With L.A. now sitting three games under .500 after a Jan. 6 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the playoff chances for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers look increasingly slim.

It seems like nothing has gone right for L.A. since the season began. And now, playing for their third coach in two months and checking in as the Western Conference's 11th-best team, the Lakers are running out of time.

Maybe Kobe Bryant will start deferring to his teammates more, and perhaps Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard will suddenly shake off the injuries that seem to have sapped their respective strength. Those changes, and a great many more, will have to take place in short order for the Lakers to keep their sinking ship afloat.

At this point, there's just no reason to believe the Lakers have what it takes to shake themselves out of their season-long funk. There's just too much evidence to the contrary.

And if their downward spiral continues, what was once unthinkable will become reality: The Los Angeles Lakers aren't going to make the NBA playoffs this year.

Here are the five biggest reasons why.

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