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Under the Heat Wave, Lakers Chug Along

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The minute LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach, the Miami Hype Machine started working overtime. They were deemed to be able to break the 1995-’96 Chicago Bulls record 72 wins with jaw-dropping panache that would rewrite the books on NBA history. They might still do it, but their 5-2 record is anything but transcendent.

Meanwhile without the pomp and circumstance the Lakers quietly made moves to add Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff while re-signing Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown. Now they are 7-0 leading one to wonder when they will get their first loss.

Over the last couple of season, the Lakers have had a favorable schedule and this season is no exception. Their most resounding win came on Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers while they have also beat up on the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.

Looking forward in their schedule they might get tests at the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 11, at Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 16, at Utah Jazz on Nov. 26, but their first true test won’t come until they host the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. The question now is whether they will be 29-0 heading into that most-hyped matchup.