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Harden to the Nets.  Damn.

It was Jim Brosnan the literate pitcher for the Cincinnat Reds (among others) who said "The second time you're traded you don't feel a thing."  Times have changed.  Now the players seem to call the tune in most team sports.  They can jump from job to job to try to improve their lot.  Curt Flood is tired from rolling over in his grave.  Sal (the Barber) Maglie who jumped to the Mexican League (and got banned for 5 years) surely can't believe the leverage players have now.

 

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And the Lakers, displaying next to no defense, lose to the Raptors.  8 games left.  Seems they are trying to move themselves to a play-in finals position.  Meanwhile they have Denver tomorrow and LeBron's ankle is "tight."

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So the Lakers are playing without LeBron, Schroeder and AD.  Are they playing possum?  Have they got some plan to play-in to the finals and surprise everyone?  Not looking good.

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Amazingly, AD and the Lakers were able to beat the Suns without LeBron, Schroeder and Kuzma.  This gets interesting.  Some talk that LeBron will be back Tuesday against the Knicks.

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Without LeBron and without Schroeder and with Caruso exiting early and with 20 turnovers, the Lakers held on to beat the Knicks in OT notwithstanding the presence of Spike.  Now the Lakers are teasing LeBron's return on Wednesday.  

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Though they played embarrassingly bad defense, the Lakers managed to beat the lowly Rockets 124-122 in their last regular season home game.  It's still not settled if they will have to play-in to the playoffs or not.  On a positive note, they rested Schroeder, LeBron, AD and Caruso.  2 away games left.  Pacers and Pelicans.

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So the Lakers beat the Pacers with LeBron, Schroeder and AD all in the lineup.  The last regular season game is against the Pelicans today.  Unless they win and some other teams lose, it looks like play-in time.

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The Lakers beat the Pelicans (well, the deeply wounded Pelicans) but they have to win a play-in game against the Warriors at Staples on Wednesday in order to get in the playoffs. Can the Lakers show some defensive intensity?

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The Lakers flirted with disaster before pulling out a 3 point win over the Warriors thanks to LeBron.  Now they get to play against the Suns and they know how to beat the Suns.  Will they?  The Warriors will have to beat the Grizzlies Friday if they want to take on the Jazz.

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Goodbye, Marv.  During the Laker game we were advised that the dean of basketball announcers, Marv Albert, will be retiring at the end of the NBA finals.  [Somewhere offstage, Kevin Harlan was heard to loudly exclaim, "YES!"]  So, Marv, will you retire the rug?

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