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Lakers' concern vs. Nuggets: Tempo

Updated: April 27, 2012, 4:17 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- There was one word that immediately popped into Kobe Bryant's mind when he was asked about the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round playoff matchup against the Denver Nuggets.

"Tempo."

The Nuggets had the second-fastest pace in the NBA in the regular season, averaging 96.6 possessions per game. The Lakers, by contrast, averaged only 92.9 possessions per game, 20th in the league.

"We have to control the tempo," Bryant said after the Lakers' 113-96 loss to the ...

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