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March 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (36-34) went winless in Week 21 against two sub-.500 teams.  A short-handed loss to the Suns in Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back might have made some sense -- but losing an 18-point lead to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center was a debacle. Now the Lakers have 12 games left to climb to the sixth or seventh seeding in the Western Conference -- or at the very least protect their hold on eighth place.  That battle takes shape on Monday with a visit to the Golden State Warriors.
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SPORTS
January 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
When the Lakers (15-18) visit the Houston Rockets (20-14) on Tuesday night, they'll have to do it with less than three-quarters of their roster. Dwight Howard is out with a torn labrum (shoulder), Pau Gasol has a concussion, Jordan Hill has a hip injury and Steve Blake is recovering from abdominal surgery. The Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the league, scoring a league-high 106.2 points per game.  Houston gives up a lot of points (103.4) but as short-handed as the Lakers are, will they have enough  firepower?
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