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Sneaking Out The Backdoor

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Wow. Talk about winning a game you deserve to lose. The Lakers had no business winning last night against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats (who were 1-9 on the road and 5-12 overall coming into the game), but thanks to a pair of clanged free throws by career 78% free throw shooter Brevin Knight down the stretch, the Lakers escaped with a 99-98 win.

As the Charlotte players walked off the court in a stunned daze at how they blew the game, the Lakers sneaked out the backdoor of the Staples Center looking like they knew they got away with something. And they did.

This won't come as much of a newsflash to anybody that has seen them this year, but the 2005-2006 Lakers are not good. In fact, after watching last night's game, LAist is pretty sure they are not even close to being good.

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For starters, this is a team with no interior defense. They don't challenge shots in the paint, let alone block them, and they made the Bobcats' Melvin Ely look like Kareem Abdul-Jabaar as he poured in 20 points on 10-13 shooting and a seemingly neverending barage of uncontested jump hooks.