The Los Angeles Lakers did not make a deal before the 2011 NBA Trade Deadline, much to the chagrin of Lakers fans.
The Lakers entered the All-Star break riding a three-game skid that included a lost to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. Many questioned whether or not they would deal the visibly aging Ron Artest. The Lakers—who have won two straight titles—are looking older by the day.
Kobe Bryant has been in the league for 14 long seasons, many of which had long playoff runs at the end. Derek Fisher is 36 years old and both Lamar Odom and Ron Artest have been in the NBA for 11 years.
No matter who you look at, they have a lot of miles on their legs.
Regardless, the Lakers have come storming out of the break, winning their first three games in impressive fashion. Just like the beginning of the season, they are scoring upwards of 100 points again and looking more energetic on the defensive end.
Will this last or will the Lakers start to slow again?
Here are 10 predictions for the rest of the Lakers' season and the playoffs.