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Lakers Dump the Jazz But Not The Monkey On Their Backs

Published by on April 28, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

 

It seemed as though the Lakers were playing like an entirely different team now that Lamar Odom was back in the starting lineup, replacing Andrew Bynum.

Even more impairing than physical fatigue is the mental fatigue that sets in toward the end of an 82-game season. That may have caused the Lakers to start feeling less confident in their game.

During the final month of the season, they played as if they were waiting for their big man to return. They played hesitant, indecisive basketball, not trusting their ability to put less talented teams away.

Then Bynum returned, but he wasn’t the same player as he was before his knee injury. As the playoffs began, he was especially inef...

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