Lakers Examiner: We all know the story by now.
The Los Angeles Lakers build a 20+ point lead going into the fourth quarter, only to see it whittled down to single digits with five minutes left.
It has almost become a broken record, or a skipping cd, or a bad MP3. After every game it’s the same discussion:
“Why can’t the Lakers put anybody away?” “They’re not gonna get away with this against good teams,” “They just don’t have the killer instinct.”
The most recent example is last night’s 107-96 series-clinching win over the Utah Jazz. As usual, the game was a lot scarier than the score would indicate. The Jazz cut the Lakers’ 22-point lead down to just six with three minutes to go, before the Lakers went on a final push to put the game out of reach.
So the question is, are the Lakers going to be able to win games like that once they start playing better teams?