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08:09 AM ET 04.08 | Among the many ways Mike D'Antoni's vision hasn't come to pass in Los Angeles comes in the form of Steve Nash being slowed by injury. Whether it's Nash or Steve Blake playing with [Kobe Bryant], there's little doubt that D'Antoni permits Bryant to orchestrate the offense and call his own number frequently. Dwight Howard clearly was peeved after the Sunday loss to the Clippers, with the day's results leaving the Lakers a half-game behind Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff. ... [The Lakers] offense didn't purr at all in the second half. Bryant finished 6 for 19 from the field, and Howard repeatedly gave abbreviated postgame answers that included the need to "play the right way as a team."

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April 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

I thought all along this team would make the playoffs, but after yesterday...

April 8, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Dwight is right but you can't do anything now because The Mamba has been winning it his ways. Looks like it will be harder for the Lakers to get the 8th spot. Jazz has 4 weak games in their path. Even if the Jazz lose 1 game and the Lakers win their last 5 games, the Jazz still gets in with their 2-1 edge over the Lakers.

April 8, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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I thought all along this team would make the playoffs, but after yesterday...

I said it 2 weeks ago...Lakers would choke away the 8 seed. 5 games left for them.

April 8, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Again with this nonsense?Bottom line is they were without 2 starters.......That being said the fat lady is warming the pipes

but they still had Gasol, Howard, and Bryant which in any other plane of time, SHOULD be enough to win games.

April 8, 2013  08:44 AM ET

You knew what you were getting into when you agreed to the trade bro.

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April 8, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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but they still had Gasol, Howard, and Bryant which in any other plane of time, SHOULD be enough to win games.

Their season this year tells the story. It's not enough base on their wins. If the team moves forward with the current casts then the Lakers will continue to be behind the Clippers for a very long time.

April 8, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Getting swept by the Clippers will make you think about the decisions you have made to get there....

April 8, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Lakers lost yesterday because they were spent in the second half. No legs, no D, no O.
Dumbly used only 7 players rotation and Bryant never sat unless you count the garbage time. Fatigue is killing the team down the stretch.
Truth to it is that LA played a solid first half while they had gas in the tank.

April 8, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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I said it 2 weeks ago...Lakers would choke away the 8 seed. 5 games left for them.

They're not getting past the second round anyway.

April 8, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Their season this year tells the story. It's not enough base on their wins. If the team moves forward with the current casts then the Lakers will continue to be behind the Clippers for a very long time.

clippers are losing cp bank on it, there is a reason they have not gotten a contract for him yet

April 8, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Lakers lost yesterday because they were spent in the second half. No legs, no D, no O.Dumbly used only 7 players rotation and Bryant never sat unless you count the garbage time. Fatigue is killing the team down the stretch.Truth to it is that LA played a solid first half while they had gas in the tank.

The fatigue angle is interesting. Realisitically, players get T.V. timeouts, team timeouts, and other frequent stops of the clock. Vets know how to pace themselves. I think fatigue is overplayed.

April 8, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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They're not getting to the first round anyway.

fixed

April 8, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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clippers are losing cp bank on it, there is a reason they have not gotten a contract for him yet

I think it's just another example of folks guessing. No one knows where he will be. HE may not even be sure yet.

April 8, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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fixed

lol

April 8, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Getting swept by the Clippers will make you think about the decisions you have made to get there....

Clippers are good this year.

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April 8, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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explain.the clips have cp and blake- and a full squad to compliment themits not like LA played the bobcats. they are playing a team that has been very good all season, except for the stretch they lost their pg

James, Wade, Bosh, Blake, and Meeks would have beaten the Clippers.
Thats all I'm saying.

 
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