The Los Angeles Lakers is one of the greatest teams in the NBA and they have a wonderful basketball history, they have only been around for eleven seasons, but they have won six championships. The franchise was founded by two college football players and they were called the Los Angeles Trojans. Over the years the team has won the most championship in franchise history and they have a great group of players and this article will give you an inside view of what the future holds for the team and the Laker organization.
If you take a look at the current Los Angeles Lakers schedule, they play seven games total this season, they will be playing the Portland Trailblazers the very first game of the year, then the Phoenix Suns the second, the Dallas Mavericks the third, the Houston Rockets fourth, the Sacramento Kings the fifth, the Denver Nuggets the sixth and the Chicago Bulls the seventh. They have yet to play their first road game against a top 5 team. It appears that the preseason is the only time they will face off against a top 5 team and they did not play any games scheduled on the road this week. This is very interesting since the Lakers are probably the favorites to win the series and if they do not have a strong enough lineup to win every game they should not even be in the tournament.
Now, this does not mean that the Lakers will not have a strong team, it just means that they might not have a very strong one. The fact is that the Lakers did not play their best game last Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, they lost by a score of 130 to 100 and they were outscored 35-point in the second half. The night before that they lost by the same score, but this was against a very good Utah Jazz team. So, is the team overall, well, it could be, but they have never beaten the Utah Jazz, this is just one of those nights where they did not have it on either end of the floor.
So with this being said, can the Lakers win against the Utah Jazz in the future? Well, as mentioned above, they have not played a very good basketball game lately and they are going to need to put a lot of time and effort into redeeming themselves from last week's loss. On paper they should have won by more, but what they did not do is take advantage of some mistakes that the Jazz made. The first quarter was a bad start for the Lakers, but after the first two possessions they went on a good run and pulled ahead.
Unfortunately, in the third quarter for the Jazz came back with a three pointer to take the lead again. This time it was the Lakers, who missed their first shot of the fourth quarter and were unable to get back into the game at all. The Lakers were never able to get points off the bench during the game and really looked like they had been hit with a sledge hammer by the Jazz. I'm not saying that the Jazz were not a good team, but you just cannot let them get comfortable on offense and then go on a cruise to the playoffs without any type of resistance.
This is the problem that teams have when it comes to the NBA Schedule, and this is why there are so many ups and downs in the rankings. Every team would love to climb right back up to the top spot, but the reality is that if they keep playing their style of basketball and sticking to the same schedule of games scheduled on the month of March, then they will most likely get swept out in the first round of the playoffs. That is why they have to find a way to change the style of play quickly if they want to go far in the playoffs. The only way that they can truly change things up now is to make drastic changes to their game plan and to figure out who their starting five is going to be. With the depth that they have they should still have enough talent to out talent any team that plays them.
This is one of the biggest problems that teams have when it comes to the NBA schedule, and it seems that the Los Angeles Lakers is already having a series of trouble with it. They started off the season by losing a very embarrassing game to the Denver Nuggets on the road, and now they have lost three straight. They are a very weak team when it comes to the road and this is something that has to be fixed immediately. They need to put a little more effort into preparing themselves for road games and to figure out a way to make their starting five better.
If the Lakers want to make a big game in the playoffs against the defending champions Chicago Bulls, then they need to start off the year strong by winning their home games. There is no reason for them to take the easy road and continue to lose games when they have a much better chance of winning. The only way that the Lakers will get over this hurdle is to come into this series ready to play and prove themselves and win. If they don't do this, then they will surely continue to be in the bottom of the barrel and will continue to be a team that nobody wants to face. The road to the top is not easy, but the Lakers can definitely make it if they continue to play the right way.