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Lakers Week Starts With Out Of Tune Jazz, Ends With Celtics

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As bad as things looked during the Christmas season, the Los Angeles Lakers have been able to turn things around, to get back on track. They are 11-3 with Andrew Bynum in the starting lineup (and with Lamar Odom playing like an All-Star off the bench), and now have the third best record in the NBA at 32-13. They had a tough schedule last week, going 2-1 against three potential playoff teams. The Lakers have another tough test this week, including an NBA Finals rematch, though they get to stay at home.

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Tuesday--vs. Utah Jazz (27-17): Utah has somehow lost the first four games of their five-game road trip, but is still currently occupying the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

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Friday--vs Sacramento Kings (10-32): I was going to make a comment about how terrible the Kings are, but they just went into Portland and got a 15-point win, albeit against a depleted Blazers team

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Sunday--vs Boston Celtics (33-10): The game of the week is a rematch of last season's NBA Finals. The Lakers have a chance to spoil, or at least make it more difficult for Doc Rivers to coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.

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On Monday after practice, Kobe Bryant said the Lakers are still gunning for the best record in the NBA. Per Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Bryant said the Lakers, currently in the third spot, "look forward to jumping two more." To make such a jump, the Lakers need to win Sunday, and 3-0 week wouldn't hurt.

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