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Lakers win often, rarely sweep

For all the talk about brooms, beating a team without losing is uncommon in L.A.

Updated: May 11, 2010, 8:32 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SALT LAKE CITY -- There aren't many situations in which Alec Baldwin can serve as a motivational figure for an NBA team in the playoffs. Yet there he is every year, a slightly younger and thinner version of the one you see on "30 Rock," providing a rallying cry for the Los Angeles Lakers as they head into the most important game of each playoff series -- the closeout game.

"A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing," says Baldwin's character, Blake, in the 1992 film "Glengarry Glen Ross." "Always ...

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