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TL;DR news on Lakers at December 29, 2022

Even if LeBron isn't 100 percent when he does get back on the floor, Davis looks like his old self, and that should be enough to carry the Lakers into the playoffs. With the Clippers and Nuggets battling for third and fourth, the third seed could have to face the Lakers in the second round. The Lakers have exquisite frontcourt depth, featuring Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell and Andre Drummond. Drawing the Lakers in the opening round of playoffs would feel like awful confirmation that we are eternally cursed as a sports market. With the Lakers and Blazers both having only three games remaining, that doesn't leave a lot of time for Los Angeles to make up the necessary ground. That said, Portland has a significantly tougher slate of opponents, which could potentially open the door for the Lakers to leapfrog above them. The Lakers' remaining schedule looks far less challenging. Trez even drew support from the Lakers owner herself, Jeanie Buss, who wanted nothing more than to give one of her players a comforting hug to help him get through things. But more than the post itself, it was his Lakers teammate Dennis Schroder who garnered attention for a rather puzzling comment. Though the Lakers guard took an L for his initial comment, the online community definitely takes a much larger L than he did. The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, who sit on either side of the Blazers in the Western Conference standings, are in action tonight.