Lakers will rebound from tough season

Pau Gasol (left) and the L.A. Lakers have had a rough season. (USA Today)

Pau Gasol (left) and the L.A. Lakers have had a rough season. (USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

The resurrection of the Raptors started with a win over the Lakers in California on Dec. 8.

Since that day, which happened to be when the team played short-handed just a few hours after the shocking trade of Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray, Toronto has gone 14-6, the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers, who got a rusty Kobe Bryant back for the contest before losing him again to injury five games later, stumbled to a 5-15 record since. Despite a recent resurgence from Pau Gasol and the passing wizardry of Kendall Marshall, the Lakers appear destined for the lottery for the first time in ages.

Just don’t tell Dwane Casey that the Lakers aura is a thing of the past or that the team is an easy mark these days.

“I don’t look at them as being a down team, I look at them as a team coming in trying to whup us on our home court,” Casey said after putting the Raptors through a light practice Saturday morning.


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