The Los Angeles Lakers are not in the position they envisioned when they traded for Dwight Howard and signed Steve Nash in the offseason. It’s been a season of injuries and disappointments. The latest news indicates Pau Gasol will miss at least six weeks with a partial tear of his plantar fascia. Sitting at 23-26, the Lakers are tenth in the West and three games behind Houston for the eighth seed. It’s time the Lakers started treating each game as if it were a playoff game. Time’s running out and every loss digs their hole a little deeper. Despite the adversity they have faced, the Lakers are on a three game winning streak (all on the road) after playing the second toughest schedule in the NBA in the season’s first half.