Will the LA Lakers Miss the Playoffs?

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2013

TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal—rather, noted soothsayer Shaqstradamus—looks into his crystal ball and tells us whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers will make the playoffs. 

After bringing in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers entered 2012-13 with astronomical expectations. But little has gone according to plan, and 50 games in, the season has provided more questions than victories.

Still, Kobe Bryant and Co. sit just 3.5 games behind Houston for the West's final playoff spot. Even amid everything that's gone wrong, they still have a very real shot at making the postseason.

Does Shaq think they have what it takes to turn it around? Or does he think his former team will fizzle out in the regular season? Watch here to find out.

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