LA Lakers End Three-Peat Hopes on a Sour Note
The Los Angeles Lakers are done. After three straight NBA Finals appearances and two NBA titles, the team with Hall of Fame head coach Phil Jackson and one of the greatest players in the NBA in Kobe Bryant was swept from the postseason by the Dallas Mavericks.
Los Angeles was simply outplayed by the Mavs in their second-round series and the mismatch was evident in Game 4 when Dallas made a jaw-dropping 20 of 32 three-pointers. A majority of those threes were uncontested and exposed the Lakers as a slow and aging team unable to rotate defensively and react to the Mavericks' excellent ball movement.
Age is now a factor for the Lakers, who will face an offseason of uncertainty this summer. With Phil Jackson likely to remain retired and the Lakers boasting a league-high $91 million payroll, it will be interesting to see how this team can address its deficiencies and disappointments from this postseason.
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