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April 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (40-36) travel to the visitors bench at Staples Center on Sunday in their second-to-last away game of the season, against the Clippers (50-26). The Clippers have already logged their best regular season in franchise history. They look to sweep the Lakers after winning the two teams' three previous games. After an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, the Lakers remain half a game ahead of the Utah Jazz (40-37) for eighth place -- and the final playoff spot -- in the Western Conference.  A single loss over the final six games could drop the Lakers out of the playoffs, provided the Jazz do not lose again this season.
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SPORTS
June 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers inched closer last week as their early off-season slowly continued. Kobe Bryant shed the walking boot after surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon, moving to a "medical mamba" shoe.  Bryant also started walking on the weight-bearing treadmill known as an Alter G.  Pau Gasol lost his crutches after nonsurgical procedures (knees).  He also saw his brother Marc Gasol, with the Memphis Grizzlies, get swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Bryant added to his tattoo collection . The Lakers guard's dispute with his mother over memorabilia will see a New Jersey courtroom June 17. General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he expects Dwight Howard to explore his opportunities instead of giving the Lakers an early commitment.
SPORTS
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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