Los Angeles Lakers Report Card: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not At the Start of 2011?

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Los Angeles Lakers Report Card: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not At the Start of 2011?
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Fact: the Los Angeles Lakers are the back to back defending champions of the NBA.

Fiction: the Los Angeles Lakers have no chance of three-peating with how well the Spurs and Heat are playing as of late.

It's a long season, ladies and gentlemen, and let me assure you that you haven't seen the best of this Laker team yet. They may appear to be struggling when comparing records with the Spurs, Heat and Celtics, but it seems fairly normal for this time of year in my own personal opinion.

When, in the last three years, have the Lakers not taken a break in the regular season? It's not a habit I would preach to title hopefuls, but it doesn't seem to affect the Laker game plan in the least. Complacency sets in for even the most fierce competitors from time to time, and the Lakers are no exception. The ability to survive this commonly fatal condition comes in the Lakers ability to "flip the switch" when it matters most.

To do that, however, certain members of this team must get hot at just the right time. 

Let's take a look at how hot these integral Lakers are at this point in the season, and where each of them will need to be in order to once again "flip the switch."

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