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With no end game, is end in sight?

Finger pointing aside, Lakers must learn to finish if they plan to extend OKC series

Updated: May 20, 2012, 5:24 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- If you're the kind of person who believes in bad omens, the Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday as soon as Kobe Bryant slipped on his red-laced, neon-soled, purple cheetah-spotted sneakers before the game.

The last time Bryant wore that style of his signature shoe was Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls, opening night for the 2011-12 season.

In case the mere sight of Bryant's footwear didn't jog your memory as to what became ...

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