For every step forward the Los Angeles Lakers have taken since the All-Star break, they take a couple of steps backward. It's certainly not a winning move for Dancing with the Stars.
While the incredible play of Kobe Bryant the past month has been the major reason the Lakers are 14-6 since the break, there remains several major underlying issues that threaten to derail the team even if it somehow manages to gain a late-season playoff berth.
Tuesday's loss at Oklahoma City was the perfect example of what the team does right and all that it does wrong. The same could be said for their stunning 108-102 comeback win (via ESPNLA.com) over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
Able to claw back to within five points of the Thunder with six minutes left in that Tuesday night game, the Lakers went scoreless the rest of the way, finishing the quarter with just 16 points and losing in a 122-105 blowout.
It's quite obvious at this point in the season that the Lakers have some glaring deficiencies which greatly alter their chances for success in the playoffs. You can blame it on coaching, management, ownership or even Jack Nicholson, but the fact is that the players on the court win or lose together.
It's going to be a fight to the finish for the Lakers just to get into the postseason. The odds are not in their favor.
But if they can clean up, or at least partially correct, some of their most glaring weaknesses, the Lakers just might make some noise in the playoffs.