The Lakers would be going (to the playoffs) if they played in the East, with a 6–5 record and wins over the bottom playoff teams (Detroit, Washington, and Philadelphia). It’s not saying much, but it shows how playing defense, passing the ball, and running the floor has kept them competitive in games where the opponents always have the best one to three players on the floor.

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