The Lakers, who lost a 16-point lead and the game to the Washington Wizards on Friday night, have played exactly six games with their starting lineup of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace and have lost each one.
The starting five would be the first place I would look when formulating a blueprint to make the Lakers a dangerous team when they reach the postseason, but there are several other areas that could use some attention as well.
Reaching the playoffs after all the turmoil this team has faced this season is a small accomplishment, but anything less than a final's trip will still ultimately be considered a failure, and they only have a 12-game window to pull it all together.
Can the same Lakers team that blew a 16-point lead at home to the Wizards really contend for a spot in the 2013 NBA Finals? It might be possible if the Lakers follow this plan.