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Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-73 loss to the Mavericks

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-73 loss to the Mavericks

The Lakers suffered the most lopsided loss in franchise history to one of the NBA’s worst teams. Here are five things we learned from their 122-73 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the American Airlines Center on Sunday:

1. Three months into the first year A.K. (after Kobe) the Lakers are still searching for a player—or a group of players—to step up and fill the leadership void left by Bryant’s retirement last spring.

Coach Luke Walton can’t be the lone voice challenging them, screaming at them. He can’t be the only one kicking them in the shorts when they need it, like they did in the second quarter Sunday, when the Lakers were outscored, 38-11, and put up...

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