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Lakers' backs are now against the wall

Mired in a five-game losing streak, L.A. finds its playoff position suddenly at risk

Updated: April 11, 2011, 9:08 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLos Angeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers can thank the Oklahoma City Thunder once again.

Los Angeles' 120-106 loss to the Thunder on Sunday has the Lakers backed against a wall.

It's about time.

"Maybe it puts us in a position that we need to be in where we have to [win]," said Lamar Odom. "We haven't been in one of those in a long time."

The Thunder put the Lakers in a similar soul-searching mode in the first round of the playoffs last April after Oklahoma City's 21-point win in Game ...

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