New defense could be salvation

As the Lakers try to find themselves again, a fresh approach should keep them focused

Updated: January 5, 2011, 8:36 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers were lagging this season, suffering from a severe case of championshipitis, a condition accompanied by symptoms including complacency and a lack of interest.

The back-to-back champs came into Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons having dropped four out of their past six games. The losses were by an average of 17.3 points against Milwaukee (missing its young leader Brandon Jennings) and Memphis (a team so cohesive that it "celebrated" its win against ...

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