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Lakers have a soft spot for Suns

All the time the Lakers have spent trying to shake the 'soft' label came crashing down

Updated: May 26, 2010, 2:37 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- It was a tag they spent close to two years trying to remove from the vocabulary of their critics, yet it was the only word that consistently came to mind as the Los Angeles Lakers were beaten and bullied by the Phoenix Suns time after time during the Suns' 115-106 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals which tied the series up 2-2.

Soft. Sure, other words like confused, apathetic and lethargic also came to mind, but "soft" seemed to fit the best. It's a word that became ...

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