Lakers shine even when Kobe doesn't
LOS ANGELES -- This time of year, I look at which teams can win on bad nights. Granted, it's generally something I look for in my NCAA picks, because in a single-game elimination format I like to see teams that can survive the off nights. For example, Kansas got a 63-62 Big 12 tournament victory over Oklahoma State despite shooting a combined 35-for-85 from the field and free throw line.
In the NBA, one loss won't wreck your playoffs. But substandard play from your superstar typically ...
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