PER Diem: May 15, 2009

Has Phil Jackson lost his touch? That's the first of many big questions for the Lakers

Updated: May 15, 2009, 9:24 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

"And you may ask yourself … well, how did I get here?"

Those are the words of the Talking Heads, but they apply just as easily to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Take away Yao Ming, and you can make a strong argument that the four best players in the Lakers-Rockets series are Lakers. For crying out loud, Luis Scola is playing center for Houston. (Can he even dunk?) Yet without Yao, the Rockets have won two of the last three games and are four quarters away from pulling what would ...

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