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Lakers look like actual playoff team

Originally Published: March 10, 2013
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- However overdue it might seem, however fleeting or lasting it might turn out to be, it finally can be said that the Los Angeles Lakers are a playoff team. The proclamation comes by virtue of their 90-81 victory over the Chicago Bulls that was low in aesthetic value and high in significance, because it gave them a 33-31 record, good for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

Kobe Bryant's reaction? A low-toned, sarcastic "Yippee."

The truth is, he and the ...

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