What if the Lakers lose?

Originally Published: May 17, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- It gets late early in the NBA playoffs, to paraphrase Yogi Berra. A Los Angeles Lakers team that seemed destined for the NBA Finals has already arrived at its day of reckoning here in the second round. Their date with destiny showed up ahead of schedule, while the Lakers were still upstairs deciding what to wear.

Their stature has suffered from their inability to put away the injury-depleted Houston Rockets, but that won't be an issue if they win Game 7. This isn't ...

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