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The Lakers, losers of their last five, have blamed fatigue for their recent woes.

After a long season, and coming off three straight NBA Final runs, the Lakers have chose to take their foot off the pedal, and save up their energy for the playoffs.

Phil Jackson said this at practice on Monday, courtesy Lakers.com

“There’s some subliminal part of them that just is still giving in to ‘We’re going to have to save it for the best, which is later on, and go from there,'” Jackson said. “At their age, it’s understandable.”

What about the fans and pundits who find it unacceptable, and feel the Lakers should be playing their best ball towards the end of the regular season?

“Everybody wants to put the nail in the coffin,” Kobe Bryant said. “We’ve all been there before.”

Barnes, Bryant, Gasol, Fisher, and Steve Blake all sat out practice on Monday

  • T411Lakers

    Well, the lakers better win the next 2 games, or their “resting” is gonna have them sitting in the 4th seed. They already lost the lead on the second. So I understand that they need to rest, but they better clobber the spurs, or their looking at round one against denver, and homecourt against no one.

  • lakerman1

    I guess if they are not worried why should we. We will see when the Playoffs begin if this Philosophy works.

  • http://www.kaley-cuoco.info Kaley Cuoco Insider

    We got 1. Now off to Sacromento!
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    lakerman1, we’ve seen it before. Like it or not, Lakers struggled much more than now last year. Recall, last season, Lakers pretty much crumbled the entire 2010 portion of the season until playoffs began. Then that was a different story.