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COHN: L.A. loses ownership rights to Golden State

  • Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, drives the ball away from Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND -- It would have been bad, very bad, if the Warriors lost to the Lakers at home on Monday night.

The Warriors are a team on the rise and they are making their final push to the playoffs — they had 11 regular-season games remaining at tipoff. And they needed this win — 109-103. Coming into the game, their record in March was 7-6, no big deal. Since the All-Star Game, their record was a pedestrian 10-9.

And let's be honest, losing to the Lakers would have been humiliating.

Why?

Because the Lakers, such as they are, should go jump in the lake. Maybe they already have. For three quarters you watched them throw away the ball and miss ill-advised jump shot after ill-advised jump shot, and play zero defense, and have zero team concept, and tell Dwight Howard to go after Andrew Bogut, and Howard shot two air balls in the first three minutes.


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