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GM: Players have too much at stake

Updated: January 8, 2014, 9:45 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

HOUSTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers entered Wednesday night's game against the Houston Rockets a season-worst seven games under .500 at 14-21, having lost eight of their last nine.

With the Lakers trailing the Dallas Mavericks by six games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the ultracompetitive Western Conference, injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry continuing to ravage the roster, and a brutal stretch of 10 of 11 games on the road just starting, ...

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