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May 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Mark Madsen returned to the Lakers' family as he named head coach of the D-Fenders. He said his goals are to groom players for the NBA while trying to get his team to win in the D-League. No Lakers were named to the first or second NBA all-defensive teams , although Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace all received votes. Bryant, who is recovering from an Achilles' injury, posted a graphic image of the tendon mid-surgery . Pau Gasol confirmed that he'll miss the European Championship in Slovenia as he works to get his knees healthy . The Lakers' season ended after four playoff games, despite the team playing $129.5 million in salary and luxury taxes . Phil Jackson's new book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success ," is to be released on Tuesday.
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March 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
For the second week in a row, the Lakers won three out of four games. The one loss in Atlanta might have gone differently had Dahntay Jones been called for a foul on a crucial Kobe Bryant fadeaway.  The NBA later ruled that the play was called incorrectly by the officials - but the Lakers don't get any sort of redo. After two-straight wins, the Lakers have climbed to four games above .500 (36-32).  The coming week is light with just two games on the schedule. The Lakers gained another game and are now just two losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-20 . Monday at Phoenix Suns The Lakers haven't won on back-to-back nights all season.  Monday will be their 14th chance after their win on Sunday over the Sacramento Kings.
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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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