NBA: 5 Reasons LA Lakers Can Make Playoffs in 2013

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NBA: 5 Reasons LA Lakers Can Make Playoffs in 2013
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The Los Angeles Lakers are not in the position they envisioned when they traded for Dwight Howard and signed Steve Nash in the offseason. 

It’s been a season of injuries and disappointments. The latest news indicates Pau Gasol will miss at least six weeks with a partial tear of his plantar fascia. 

Sitting at 23-26, the Lakers are tenth in the West and three games behind Houston for the eighth seed.

It’s time the Lakers started treating each game as if it were a playoff game. Time’s running out and every loss digs their hole a little deeper.

Despite the adversity they have faced, the Lakers are on a three game winning streak (all on the road) after playing the second toughest schedule in the NBA in the season’s first half.

If they can get to the .500 mark before the All-Star break, they will carry momentum down the stretch. They’re going to need all the momentum they can get, as they’ll most likely have to win at least three of every four games to reach the postseason.

Showing positive signs of late, here are some ways the Lakers will be playoff bound in 2013.

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