Next Steps LA Lakers Must Follow to Make Playoffs

The 2013 NBA playoffs aren't out of the Los Angeles Lakers' grasp yet. The No. 8 seed is within striking distance if the squad completes a few specific steps.

Kobe Bryant and company are 3.5 games out of the postseason picture with 26 games remaining, so they have a legitimate chance to make up the difference if they finish the season strong.

Recent victories over the Boston Celtics and the Portland Trail Blazers offer hope for the Lakers' faithful. The offense is clicking, and the defense is doing enough to slow down challengers. 

What does Mike D'Antoni need to do to get the club over the .500 hump? What adjustments do the superstars on the roster need to make?

Find out as we offer a six-pack of steps for the Lakers to follow all the way to the playoffs.

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