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While Stephen A. Smith believes the Lakers are going nowhere, Sharpe's optimistic take

Things aren't looking good for the Lakers following the loss to the Phoenix Suns to close the season with 23 games left

By James Brown

Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe have opposite takes on a Lakers potential playoff run
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe have opposite takes on a Lakers potential playoff run
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If the LA Lakers want to repeat a similar run to last season's playoffs, the team needs to start doing better, but ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Kendrick Perkins of First Take don't believe the purple and gold will be able to make it to the WCF again.

Smith believes the West this year is stronger than last season with multiple teams being better than the Los Angeles Lakers, something similar to Perkins's belief as the purple and gold continue to be in the 9th seed after falling to the Suns.

The only optimistic analyst on the table earlier today was Shannon Sharpe who still believes the LA Lakers will be able to repeat as a Western Conference Finalist this season, even thinking it will be harder than it was for the team last year.

With the loss to the Suns, the Lakers now have a 31-28 record with .525, with 23 games left which isn't looking good for the team that wants to avoid the Play-In this year and go straight to the playoffs. The squad continues to be shorthanded with many players still out injured.

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