Lakers needed the All-Star break more than anybody and it shows

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The Lakers are on a roll out of the All-Star break, with their latest win over the Hawks making it three straight victories.

Surprisingly, the Lakers have started the second part of the regular season on a roll. Their 26th win of this season came against the Atlanta Hawks, matching last year’s win total, and also showing us that they are not here to mess around anymore.

In those three wins, they’ve won by 19, 5, and 22 points, respectively. Their closest game in this run was the game in Sacramento against the Kings that they ended up winning by a 113-108 final, but that isn’t any reason to discount where they appear to be at.

They had two four game winning streaks before All-Star weekend that were interrupted by a handful of losses, so the hope here is that they’ll obviously continue their current streak beyond that point and try to get on a roll.

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What’s even better is that we’ve already seen it happen for one team this season. That being the 11-game winning streak that the Utah Jazz took into the break that put them above .500 and had them soaring from 19-28 and looking lost on the court to 30-28 with plenty of gas still left in the tank.

It wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the Lakers pull off a run that’s similar to that one. They’ve got the young talent to do that, they’ve moved on from Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., and they can absolutely use whatever run they can come up with to help their free agency pitches in the summer.

Let’s be honest, though — they couldn’t really afford to start the second half of the season on a float note anyway. Magic Johnson’s got too much at stake with his summer fairy tale ending and Lonzo and LaVar Ball just don’t seem to know when to stop and they won’t know, it seems, until it’s too late.

But hey, let’s enjoy this for now before the Lakers head to Miami for a test against the Heat to start the month of March.