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Are the Lakers still contenders in the West? (PER Diem: Feb. 22, 2012)

Updated: February 22, 2012, 10:48 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

The irony of the Los Angeles Lakers' season is that they will hit the halfway point tonight firmly in the middle of the West's playoff pack -- an unfamiliar position for a team that's been either first or second in the conference each of the past four seasons, but one that's richly deserved.