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Video: Lakers talk about win despite off night from stars

Apr 21, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Bryant celebrates with Gasol of Spain against New Orleans Hornets during Game 2 of NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to score 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting, but the Lakers still won Game 2 Wednesday night to even their series. Look at that picture to the right — Kobe and Gasol couldn’t even high-five well.

It shows why the Lakers are two-time defending champs. You think Miami wins if LeBron and Wade shoot like that? Thunder if Durant and Westbrook are off like that? How many teams have the depth to win a playoff game if their two leading scorers are off?

The Lakers do, which is why Phil Jackson and Kobe did not seem too worried about their down offensive night in this video of post-game discussions. Chris Paul says the same thing from another perspective.

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  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Yes! Sing the praises of the Lakers! Undaunted, they continue to prevail even when they seem to be less than what they truly are. This is why they are superior to all other teams. Also, I remind you all, the Lakers’ less than stellar appearance is all part of Phil and Kobe’s master plan to lower expectations and then destroy teams at will when e’er they decide to show their true awesomeness. This is the mark of champion. They are just toying with you all to make their dominance a little interesting.

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