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Lakers' time is now ... or never

Even Kobe Bryant agrees: Los Angeles' upcoming five-game stretch is 'critical'

Originally Published: January 4, 2013
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Lakers have arrived at the make-or-break juncture of the season, and if the schedule and standings weren't daunting enough, the Lakers also must contend with time and the fundamentals of physics.

First, the facts. The Lakers (15-16) play the Clippers Friday, the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, back-to-back games in Houston and San Antonio next Tuesday and Wednesday, and a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder next Friday. Five games in eight days against five teams on track ...

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