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Lakers' health may be key to title

If L.A. can avoid injuries and oddities that have doomed others, it has a chance

Updated: May 2, 2012, 8:03 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The NBA playoff code has always been survive and advance.

However, the first week of the 2012 postseason has already created an addendum to that code: avoid.

Avoid series momentum-changing pitfalls such as the Memphis Grizzlies' blown 27-point lead to the Los Angeles Clippers. Avoid hotheaded mistakes such as Boston's Rajon Rondo's bumping into a referee or New York's Amare Stoudemire's punching a glass fire extinguisher case. And avoid, above all else, the injury bug ...

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