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Lakers make case to stick together

If losses keep adding up, however, the argument to retain the core weakens

Updated: March 7, 2012, 11:12 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Along with Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol is generally considered the Los Angeles Lakers' most eloquent, intelligent spokesman. Win or lose, his observations on the team's play or mindset are always thoughtful and sharp.

But Tuesday night after the Lakers' 88-85 overtime loss to the formerly hapless Detroit Pistons, Gasol said it best with three little words as he emerged from the training room: "Damn, damn, damn."

This wasn't the Lakers' worst loss of the season, ...

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