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Do Lakers need to be tough to win?

Updated: January 30, 2010, 10:10 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's that time of the year again.

The time when the laissez-faire Lakers get pinned against the cocksure Celtics and their toughness is tested as if they were George Costanza competing in the feats of strength against his father Frank during Festivus.

The question is: Do the Lakers need to be tough to win?

They're 36-11 based on a finesse triangle offense that's predicated on the precision of their passing and spacing on the court and they trot out a thinking-man's defense that's ...

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