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Lakers embrace playoff race

Updated: February 27, 2013, 8:06 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Steve Nash and Dwight Howard infamously appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's NBA season preview issue in October, accompanied by the headline, "Now this is going to be fun."

The two stars' first season with the Los Angeles Lakers hasn't gone anything like they planned it. But Nash says there is still joy in Laker Land, partly because of the predicament they're in.

"It's going to be a tough ride trying to get into the playoffs, but that's going ...

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