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82 reasons to take a deep breath

The NBA season is long, and to the players and coaches, it's a marathon and not a sprint

Updated: February 23, 2010, 7:04 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Ron Artest doesn't circle any games on his calendar when the schedule comes out. He doesn't run to his computer, print it out and sit down with a highlighter to mark every "big game." He's lucky if he can even name the Lakers' next opponent. On this night, he can't. (It's Memphis, Ron. You play them on Tuesday.)

Now I know I'm supposed to tell you certain games on the Lakers' calendar mean more than others. For example, Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics should be more important ...

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