The sporting world has been overrun by streaks as of late. Whether it is the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Denver Nuggets or the grandaddy of them all, the Miami Heat, the word streak is everywhere you look these days. While many fans may be getting tired of hearing the word, the Los Angeles Lakers need to make themselves the next team to be associated with the term.
With just eleven games left in their regular season, the Lakers will have to fight to keep their tenuous grip on the NBA postseason after a season of unexpected growing pains and having to scrape their way into the final spot of the playoff race.
The expectations for the Lakers “super team” were considerably higher than what the team has been able to deliver. Yet, there have been moments when the Lakers starting five have shown their show-stopping potential. It also keeps the hopes of a Kobe Bryant/Lebron James NBA Finals alive, even if just barely.
Bryant has already said they feel they just need to make the playoffs, and that once there, they could go all the way. No one would put it past a Bryant-driven team of superstars to do just that, but they need to make the playoffs first.
The Lakers sit just one game ahead of a determined Dallas Mavericks team intent on making a run at the playoffs themselves. The Utah Jazz have been slipping down the standings, but they are still in the thick of things. The Houston Rockets have a 3.5-game lead on the Lakers, so unless they go into an ill-timed slide, that final playoff spot is the only one up for grabs.
If there was ever a time the Lakers needed a clutch streak, this is it. The end of the regular season is fast approaching, and the momentum a winning streak would generate could propel them further into the playoffs than anyone would expect. For the Lakers, the only thing worse than getting bounced out of the playoffs in the first round would be not making the playoffs at all.