While the Clippers were clinching the Pacific Division title -- and sweeping the season series from the Lakers in the process -- the Lakers were once again falling into a tie for eighth in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers and Jazz both have five games left in the season, and the Lakers need to finish ahead of Utah to earn a playoff spot. With home games against the Hornets, Warriors, Spurs and Rockets sandwiched around a road trip to Portland, are there enough wins left on the schedule for the Lakers to extend their season?
Kobe Bryant is used to playing heavy minutes, but he's barely sat at all as the Lakers making their final playoff push.
Time for a change?
Mike D'Antoni's team has had to deal with multiple injuries, and the coach has still come under fire as the Lakers have struggled.