The NBA All-Star Game is a night where we see the league's elite players face off in a wildly entertaining matchup. Now more than ever with the team format replacing the traditional East versus West style, there is much more hype around this fun and historical event.
The month of December was not terribly kind to the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, they finished with an 8-7 record, but this month will be remembered as the one which the Lakers were truly unhealthy. Well, to be honest, the team has rarely been at full strength this entire year, but that was taken to a new extreme this month. But anyways, here's my Lakers breakdown for the month of December.
I feel like this can be said about every NBA season, but this one has been very interesting with compelling storylines and stellar play league-wide. Even though we’re a long way from the NBA Award Show in June, fans worldwide are making their predictions for who will win the five major awards. So, with just under 40 percent of the regular season completed, these are my major award winners thus far.
The NBA tradition of playing on Christmas games goes back to 1947, the league's second season. While Christmas is a day to be with family and unwrap presents and eat great food, it's a day to watch some of the best NBA action there is. Even though Nike again refused to give us special edition Christmas jerseys for the second year in a row (is it really that hard, guys?) December 25 should still be an entertaining day. So, here's a rundown of all the games that'll be happening and my predictions.
When we last checked in with the Lakers, they were 2-3, on the outside-looking in when it came to the playoff picture. Now they're 11-7, good for seventh place in the Western Conference—what's crazy is that they're a single game outside of the first seed. So what has changed since the team's "dreadful start?" I'll be going through just that.
If you've been reading my articles for any amount of time, you know I'm very analytical, using statistics and other information to support my claims. While I love doing that, I understand that most people I know aren't in the mood to read a long article about a sport they may or may not like. I'm not going to stop doing my analytical pieces, but I write more relatable articles so even non-basketball fans can understand and appreciate them.