Is slump their December wake-up call?

With high expectations, it's no wonder trouble usually sparks panic in Lakers' world

Updated: December 28, 2010, 4:32 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN ANTONIO -- The expectations are so high, the team so talented, the payroll so expensive for these 2010-11 Los Angeles Lakers that any diversion from a direct-line path toward another NBA championship sends fans into a state of frenzied alarm.

But, as discouraging as back-to-back home losses by a combined 35 points to Milwaukee and Miami are for the Lakers (especially when you consider their first seven losses of the season were by a combined 36 points) it should serve as nothing more ...

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