Lakers used to handling adversity

Bryant's talk about Gasol didn't throw the Lakers off their game against the Blazers

Updated: February 21, 2012, 4:08 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It can't be that easy, can it?

One day after the Los Angeles Lakers gave up a season-high 63 points in the first half against Phoenix, they held the Portland Trail Blazers to a season-low for any Lakers opponent with 30 points in the first half en route to a 103-92 win Monday.

Play one of your worst games of the year, have Kobe Bryant throw the team into the eye of the storm of controversy by squarely pitting The Players versus The Management and presto ...

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