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NBA stretch run reset: Where title contenders and playoff hopefuls stand right now

There has been little reason to take the Los Angeles Lakers seriously as a contending team this season. The Lakers sit 13th in the Western Conference, meaning they have to leapfrog at least three teams to get into the play-in tournament.

But when LeBron James was asked whether his Lakers can be dangerous if they reach the postseason, he didn't hesitate.

"I've always been confident in any club that I've been on once we got into the playoffs that we can compete with anyone, and I feel no different now," James said during All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.