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Frank Vogel has expressed his certainty that the Los Angeles Lakers will be able to have success even if they have to win their playoff spot in the play-in tournament.

After the Lakers’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday, the 2020 NBA champions fell off to the seventh seed with Portland taking one game lead for the sixth place in the West.

The Lakers have won two of their last 10 games with injuries playing a huge role into that. LeBron missed his third game in a row after re-aggravating the ankle issue that kept him out for 20 outings.

On the other hand, the Blazers have won sixth of their last seven, finding their form just in time as the regular season coming to an end.