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Kobe Bryant is a sitting star, Lakers are sitting ducks in dismal loss to Miami Heat

Kobe Bryant is a sitting star, Lakers are sitting ducks in dismal loss to Miami Heat

Kobe Bryant will not play all 82 games. Unfortunately, the Lakers will.

They kept coughing and wheezing Tuesday, a franchise in need of an on-court cure after a 101-88 loss to the savvier and stronger Miami Heat that looked worse than the final score.

Bryant skipped the game because of a sore back and the Lakers honored him by sitting out the second half.

Lakers Coach Byron Scott said there were trust issues among the players, the latest red flag in a season already filled with them. It was obvious as a 50-49 halftime deficit eventually mushroomed to 18 amid a series of highlight bloopers at American Airlines Arena.

After Luol Deng strolled in from the...

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