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Roggin's Rants: Lakers vs. Miami Could Forecast Playoff Chances

The Lakers have finally started playing like a cohesive unit after a disappointing start to the season, but is it too late?

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If the Lakers beat the Miami Heat on Thursday, the playoffs could be realistic. But if they lose that game, it may be time to start thinking about next year. Fred Roggin explains for Roggin's Rants on Jan. 16, 2013.

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While some Lakers fans are ready to jump off a cliff, others are optimistic about what they’ve been seeing lately from a team that had a historically unstable start to the season.

Sure, the past couple wins have come against subpar teams. But the real news is this: Dwight Howard is finally starting to play with Kobe Bryant. And Howard is finally starting to play like the athlete the Lakers signed.

With this (albeit small) amount of momentum, the team must defeat Miami on Thursday.

If the Lakers beat Miami, the playoffs could be realistic. If they lose that game, it may be time to start thinking about next year.

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