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Even though they are still winning, the Lakers appear to be looking ahead to their Dec. 25 game against the Celtics, writes J.A. Adande.

Updated: December 17, 2008, 11:20 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com
LOS ANGELES -- If you have a kid who's distracted right now, who can't concentrate on his homework, who can't do anything but count down the hours until Christmas, then you know what's wrong with the Lakers. They can't wait until Dec. 25, when they get the Boston Celtics under their tree. Everything before that is just busy work, like this series of 10 games in which they've faced only one team with a winning record. It's failed to stir the best from them. That's why they've lost ground to the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers in the public's eye even while pulling away from the rest of the Western Conference by winning four in a row and eight of 10.

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