Los Angeles Lakers: Grammy trip

Lakers Poll: What constitutes a successful road trip?

February, 3, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Six games over 10 days, all on the road.

There will be no easing in period, either. It starts tonight in Denver against a Nuggets team that just throttled a heretofore red hot Clippers squad by 22 points. Next, a trip to Utah, where the Jazz are 10-4, followed by a visit to Philadelphia and a Sixers squad with a 12-2 mark at home and, overall, the NBA's third highest winning percentage.

Game 4 is an always emotional revival of the Lakers/Celtics rivalry. Beware athletes with an opportunity to use a nationally televised game to restore some pride in a season that likely isn't going to finish with the deep playoff run they had hoped for.

Then it's the Knicks and Raptors. I won't insult you by pretending either game is anything but one the Lakers should win, though nothing is really a gimme at the end of a long swing. All told, it makes for something pretty burly.

Probably as good a time as any to note the Lakers are 2-7 on the road, displaying very little consistency, particularly among the reserves. Though they've won three of four overall, only one victory came over a playoff caliber team (last week against the Clippers), making a full buy-in on the mini-hot streak pretty foolish. So toss all these factors, and the myriad others, and ask:

How many wins are required to call the trip successful?

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