After falling to 1-3, the Los Angeles Lakers have won three straight games and now sit above .500. The team has taken drastic steps forward. Last season, the Lakers did not win their fourth game until mid December.
Such a turnaround, coupled with a convincing win over the Warriors, the presumed best team in the NBA, can easily get to a team’s head. However, the Lakers are determined not to let that happen. Players such as Larry Nance Jr. have not forgotten about the 17-win season they just endured.
After enduring a difficult early season road trip, the Lakers schedule is set to soften up. Their next five games are against the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Brooklyn Nets. Those teams are a combined 7-25 on the season.
The Lakers have a good chance of emerging several games above .500 after that stretch. While success like that would be tremendous, it’s important for the Lakers to focus on improving from game to game instead of getting caught up with wins and losses.
Lakers Nation News
As they disprove pundits, Lakers guard against overconfidence – LA Times
Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 119-108 win over the Suns – LA Times
With victory over the Suns, the Lakers stay undefeated at home and revive the team’s first winning record since 2013 – LA Times
Lakers motivated to disprove preseason perceptions – OC Register
Lakers keep edge with 119-108 win over Suns – OC Register
League Pass Alert: Let The Lakers Into Your Heart – Sports Illustrated
Lakers have embraced Metta World Peace’s ‘I love basketball’ mantra – CBS Sports
Warriors met with NBA discipline czar to discuss Draymond Green’s technical fouls – CBS Sports
NBA is in good hands with this plethora of 23-and-younger stars – USA Today
Stephen Curry hits 13 3-pointers to top own best, set NBA mark – ESPN
John Wall breaks Wes Unseld’s Wiz assists record, then gets ejected after 2nd technical – ESPN
Al Horford not progressing in concussion protocol – ESPN
Report: Pelicans to release Lance Stephenson, sign Archie Goodwin – Pro Basketball Talk