Tense moments in Lakers' last stand

Updated: May 10, 2011, 1:32 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

DALLAS -- The minutes before tip-off seem like hours. Torture, really.

A digital clock on the wall of the visiting locker room counts backward from 90 minutes by the second. Most players ignore it if they can, retreating into their headphones or the training room, eyes on the ground, focus inward.

But on this day reality is unavoidable, the clock unmissable.

Every second gone is one less these Lakers have left together.

With 30 minutes left until the tip-off of Game ...

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