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Lakers need Shaq to be active

Updated: May 1, 2004, 11:14 AM ET
By Dr. Jack Ramsay | Special to ESPN.com

The Lakers beat the Spurs in three of their four meetings this season, but don't assume too much from those results. The first three games -- all won by L.A. -- were played before mid-December and in one of them, neither Tim Duncan nor Tony Parker played due to injuries.

The early-season Spurs bear little resemblance to the team that hasn't lost since March 23 (at Minnesota) and has won 15 straight games -- including a four-game sweep of the upstart Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs' record had ...

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