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Lakers get back to basics

Returning to fundamentals could be the best option for a team suddenly off track

Updated: January 4, 2011, 5:43 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

There's a scene in the charming yet forgettable 1994 Disney movie, "Angels in the Outfield," when the ragtag baseball team is reeling from pathetic performances. In walks the manager, played by Danny Glover, to the postgame clubhouse and he informs the players to report to the field early the next day to work on fundamentals.

"Fundamentals, in the middle of the season?!" one veteran incredulously asks.

Amazingly enough, 34 games into the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers ...

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