Lakers losing series ... and luster

Originally Published: May 3, 2011
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- When the closer isn't closing -- when the closer has a gimpy ankle and isn't even driving -- you don't need too many guesses to predict where the majority of the scrutiny is going.

Especially when the closer's name is Kobe Bryant.

Yet you're advised to look deeper when diagnosing the Los Angeles Lakers' latest 1-0 series deficit in the NBA playoffs. Don't simply settle for the Kobe Shot Too Much theory. Trust us: Bryant's rocky crunch time is ...

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