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Limping into the playoffs

The Lakers' inability to mesh does not bode well for a repeat championship

Updated: April 12, 2010, 12:29 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was the shortest answer Phil Jackson gave during his postgame news conference following the Lakers' 91-88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, but it was the most ominous as the Lakers head into the playoffs next week.

Asked whether any one of his 10 championship teams played like these Lakers have down the stretch, he shook his head and quickly said, "No."

In other words, this Lakers team, which has lost six of its past nine games, doesn't look like ...

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