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Lakers need to learn from this loss

Updated: February 19, 2010, 10:47 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The first four games the Lakers played without Kobe Bryant, they won by an average of 13.5 points. It hardly looked as if the Lakers missed him either, as they ended their nine-game losing streak at Portland, avenged a 20-point loss to the Spurs from earlier in the season, broke the Jazz's nine-game winning streak on the road in Utah and suffocated the Warriors' will in the final part of the game.

There's no need for the clutch strengths of the game's ultimate closer when the game isn't ...

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