Lakers want to end series Tuesday

Updated: May 9, 2012, 12:08 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers will get their first chance to close out their first-round playoff series with the Denver Nuggets in Tuesday's Game 5.

While former Lakers coach Phil Jackson always emphasized the importance of close-out games, even splicing in clips from Alec Baldwin's "always be closing" monologue in "Glengarry Glen Ross" into team film sessions, first-year Lakers coach Mike Brown hardly mentioned it at Monday's practice.

"For me, I'm not a guy ...

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