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Apr 11, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) takes a shot over Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) during the second half at the AT&T Center. The Lakers won 98-84. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 11, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) takes a shot over Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) during the second half at the AT&T Center. The Lakers won 98-84. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

With a victory tonight, the Lakers get to 40 wins on the season. Pro-rated for the shortened lockout schedule, that's the equivalent of 50 wins in a normal year. Nothing amazing, certainly not by the standards of Laker history, but it's a nice little milepost for a team that seemed lost as recently as early February. I remember tweeting that a total collapse was possible, meaning a year-end win total in the low thirties. Bluexfalcon replied, I recall, that he thought they'd finish in the high thirties. I suppose they still could, if they lose the rest of their games, but with the Warriors and Kings still on the schedule, a 40th win seems likely at some point. I'm glad Blue and I were both wrong and that he was more right than me.

Become one with the beverage whenever someone mentions:

  • Kobe doing something assistant coach-y,
  • That time (last week) when Andrew Bynum collected 30 rebounds against the Spurs,
  • How Mike Brown used to coach under Gregg Popovich,
  • Boris Diaw's conditioning (fatness), or
  • The corner three.

Five games left.