Lakers moving past all the drama

With Howard's return to Orlando done, L.A.'s focus can stay on playoff chase

Updated: March 13, 2013, 1:51 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the Los Angeles Lakers' season-long game of Minesweeper, they've managed to isolate another explosive, and the board looks pretty clear from here on out.

All season long it has been one extracurricular mind cloud to deal with -- from freak injuries, to exaggerated stories about player fighting, to a coaching shuffle, rotation grumblings, the death of a legendary owner, to a two-time MVP's return to Phoenix and, on Tuesday, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year's return ...

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