Lakers Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10
Below is a graph of where the Lakers have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Lakers this week:
Lakers ranked 29th - "Luke Walton was legit Western Conference Coach of the Month material in November, but his December has been utterly forgettable. The Lakers were 1-12 this month and threatened to register to worst month in franchise history (worse than a 1-11 mark in December 2016) before manufacturing a Christmas Day victory over the Clippers. A solitary triumph in Philadelphia was all they had to show for the month before Sunday's much-needed respite, but last week will be remembered more for the 19-point lead they blew in Miami and the loss of popular reserve Larry Nance Jr. (knee) to a bone bruise for four weeks."
Lakers ranked 25th - "They've lost 12 of 14 games, so no, I am not going to bump them for beating the Clips without Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Sorry. We have to have some measure of self-respect here. (No we don't, but let's pretend.)"
Lakers ranked 28th - "The Lakers have only won one game in December. It was against the Sixers."
Lakers ranked 27th - "Until a couple of weeks ago, the Lakers were the worst first quarter team in the league. Suddenly, they're getting off to good starts and have won six of their last seven first quarters. But, for the most part, that has just set them up for disappointment. They lost two games that they led by 19 points, as many as any other team has lost all season, in a three-day span last week, collapsing against the Hornets and Heat. Their only win on their seven-game trip was in Philadelphia, but they were able to take advantage of the shorthanded Clippers on Sunday. A knee injury to Larry Nance Jr. (he's out four weeks with a bone bruise) has provided an opportunity for Thomas Robinson, the king of per-36 rebound numbers."
Lakers ranked 26th - "They got the Christmas Day win against what’s left of the Clippers, but that just makes the Lakers 1-12 in December, and their defense remains a disaster. Los Angeles is getting off to strong enough starts, leading or hanging with their opponents, only to have it come undone as the game moves along because they cannot get stops."