After rocky regular season, Los Angeles Lakers still playoff-bound without Kobe Bryant

Published April 18, 2013

| Associated Press

Dwight Howard's first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has been filled with more twists, turns and disappointments than he ever imagined.

Yet he's hoping the Lakers have a few more surprises in store for the playoffs.

Los Angeles reached the postseason as the Western Conference's seventh seed with an overtime victory over Houston on Wednesday night, capping a 28-12 surge in the second half of the season for a star-studded club with enormous expectations.

Just about everything went wrong for the Lakers this year. They had a winless preseason, a coaching change and an exhausting list of serious injuries.

But even without Kobe Bryant, Howard insists the Lakers have a chance to make a serious playoff run. Los Angeles' struggles haven't dented the team's belief in its fundamental talent.

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