Injuries have crippled the Lakers roster to a point where signing Kendall Marshall and Manny Harris was a necessity. They also suited up just eight healthy players against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 5—and somehow won the game.
Lakerland has faced a ridiculous amount of adversity in 2013-14 and will continue to do so in the second half if players can’t stay healthy.
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar have all missed significant time, which has left head coach Mike D’Antoni grasping at straws.
The storied franchise is poised to miss the playoffs for just the fifth time since moving to Los Angeles in 1960-61. There have been some bright spots for the hapless Lakers—numerous role players are experiencing career years with added opportunities—but the overall product has been a major disappointment.
Note: All player stats in this article are accurate as of Feb. 13 (prior to games played).