LA Lakers’ Dream Season Is Officially Dead

The Los Angeles Lakers' season has been marred by injuries and inconsistent play, but an ugly loss to the shorthanded rival Boston Celtics is the final nail in the proverbial coffin.

The Lakers entered the 2012-13 season as championship contenders in the eyes of fans and media members following a summer that added marquee talents Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. In fact, some fans and pundits were calling for a 73-9 record, which would eclipse the best regular-season record ever (72-10) by the Chicago Bulls.

In September of last year, I wrote that the Lakers would finish third in the Western Conference with a 59-23 record. That stance led fans to call me an “idiot” and a “joke." As it stands, even my modest prediction of third place in the Western Conference is laughable given how putrid the Lakers have been at times this season. I predicted that the Lakers would have a difficult time finding team chemistry, but nobody could have predicted just how inconsistent this team would eventually be.

Not only will the Lakers have an extremely difficult time competing for a championship, but they are also on the outside looking in at a playoff berth. There’s still a chance that the Lakers will grab a postseason seed, but it’s now fair to call their dream season dead for a variety of reasons.

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