It has been two months since the Lakers were at .500, but Coach Mike D'Antoni said he didn't think the players paid attention to the team's record. In fact, he challenged reporters to find anyone in the locker room who knew how many games the Lakers needed to even their record. "Players don't do that. They live in the moment, they play in the moment," D'Antoni said before Sunday's game against Atlanta. "Coaches (keep track). We worry about everything. They're going to play tonight and if we lose, they'll be upset. "If we don't, then we'll go on. But just because we reach .500, I mean, they may think we're 10 over. I don't know. They don't watch that. They really don't." Actually, some do. "It's been awhile," guard Chris Duhon said about the Lakers' inability to reach the .500 mark. "(With the chance to pull even) shows that we're moving in the right direction. It's tough to look at the standings all the time and seeing you have more losses than wins. "That's not a good thing. Eventually to get above .500 would give us a psychological lift and hopefully it's something that (once we get there) we don't look back (on) and never get back there again." The Lakers pulled even with their fifth consecutive victory on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks but had not reached that mark again until Sunday night when they hung on to defeat the Hawks, 99-98. The Lakers are 30-30 with 22 games left in the season. The Lakers were last over .500 at 6-5.
Lakers back to .500
Orange County Register | Mar 4