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Down 1-0, urgency the issue for Lakers

How critical was Game 1 for L.A.? It was the difference between inevitability and doubt

Originally Published: May 5, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant corrected himself within a second, but in that slight slip came the realization that he is almost alone when it comes to the type of experience the Lakers could use now that they find themselves down 1-0 in their series with the Houston Rockets.

"We've been -- well, me and Derek [Fisher] have been -- in these situations before, where you drop a Game 1," Bryant said.

He didn't mean simply losing Game 1. He meant losing Game 1 and coming back to win the series. Huge ...

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