Alvin Gentry gives the Lakers some more love.
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OK, so maybe the Lakers haven’t been as crisp in their play this month as they were in February or January, but really, what’s not to like? They’re still the team to beat in the Western Conference, according to Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry.
The Lakers are not as vulnerable as some might think, Gentry insisted Friday.
“I don’t know if there’s any team out there playing that can beat them four out of seven games (in a playoff series),” he said. “I don’t know if that’s possible. They’ve got a completely different agenda than what we have. We’re trying to get ourselves into the playoffs. They’re trying to get themselves ready for a championship run.
“I don’t know if vulnerable is the word I would use.”
To be sure, the Lakers recently had their share of troubles on the road, including a three-game losing streak going into Friday’s game against the Suns. They were swept on a three-game trip to Miami, Charlotte and Orlando earlier this month.
“They haven’t closed out a few games,” Gentry said, referring to their losses to the Heat in overtime and the Magic in the closing seconds after Kobe Bryant missed a potential tying jump shot.
Charlotte played great against them.
“Even the Toronto game, they struggled in that and once again (Bryant) rescued them (with a last-second jump shot to help the Lakers win Tuesday’s game),” Gentry said.