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2011 NBA Playoffs: Time to Give Up on Lakers?

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I was wrong.

I thought the Los Angeles Lakers would win in their second round match-up against the Dallas Mavericks in six games.

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Halfway that number of games, the Lakers are down 0-3.

Nobody thought that the Lakers would have monumental collapses in the first three games of their series. First, it was the blown 16 point lead, then it was letting the Mavs go to a late run in the second game, then the last was letting the Mavs shoot themselves back in Game 3 in the fourth quarter.

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The common denominator in the first three games? The Lakers were outplayed in the fourth quarter.

With a 0-3 hurdle the team is facing, it's time to bring up the obvious: this version of the Lakers team is done. History is not on their side as no team in the NBA's history has climbed from a three-game deficit in a seven game series.

Is it time to write the Lakers off? Yes, I believe this is a good time to do that.

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