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Lakers Will Be All Right

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Kobe Bryant shoves aside Sasha Pavlovic. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

This was another statement game for the Lakers, and the Lakers answered.

The Cleveland LeBrons Cavaliers have been on a hot streak winning 12 of their last 15 including a win against the slumping Boston Celtics. Meanwhile the Lakers lost two close games in a row on the road in San Antonio and at home against the Orlando Magic Friday night.

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The Lakers had to win this game to prove to everyone yet again they could play against a very physical team, especially one that leads the league in fewest points allowed. Most importantly the Lakers had to win so that the fans here in Los Angeles don’t start storming the Staples.

All season long there has been the specter of last season’s Finals hanging over the team. Despite how well the team has played this season, each misstep has been met with harsh criticism. It’s like the entire city starts Steve Hartman’s wannabe chant of “131-92” after each Lakers turnover.

But the Lakers proved Monday night they are a tough team. They can absorb a hit and punch back.