Following an abysmal start to the 2012-13 season, the Los Angeles Lakers appear poised and focused for a playoff run. Before they can make the postseason a reality, though, the Lakers need to target must-win games moving forward.
Make no mistake, the Lakers still believe they’re going to make the playoffs this year despite a poor start that put them in a deep hole. In fact, future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant went as far as to guarantee the Lakers making the postseason.
Via Jack McCallum of Sports Illustrated Bryant said, “We will make the playoffs.”
It’s impossible to ignore the confidence of a proven champion like Bryant. Even so, the Lakers are not simply going to go through the motions and make the playoffs. This team will have to earn its spot by competing on a nightly basis.
For that to happen, these scheduled games need to be accompanied by a "W."