With just nine games left in what could turn out to be the most disappointing season by any team in NBA history, theLos Angeles Lakers are desperately clinging to life. A mere half-game up on the Utah Jazz for the final Western Conference playoff spot, the injury-riddled Lakers are in full-on survival mode now.

L.A. has lost four of its last five games, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, even its most seemingly invincible hero is a little worse for wear.

 Adding to the concern surrounding Kobe Bryant‘s latest injury is Steve Nash’s new ailment, which kept him sidelined for the conclusion of the Lakers’ 113-103 loss to theMilwaukee Bucks on March 28.

Oh, and at the risk of piling on, Metta World Peace is also out for the season.

So, with the team’s performance in a tailspin and the injuries mounting, how are the Lakers going to survive the toughest test they’ve faced all season?