Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/11/14
LOS ANGELES -- After a sample size of four games, there's one conclusion you can come to about this year's Lakers without Kobe Bryant: This season will look a lot like last season until the Mamba is once again available. Up. Down. Back. Forth. Many games like Sunday night's 105-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center. The Lakers blew a 21-point lead and needed a critical referee's call and two late-game free throws by Pau Gasol to come away with the victory and even their record at 2-2. They head out on a road trip beginning Tuesday in Dallas; moving to Houston on Thursday -- hello Dwight Howard -- and ending against the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday. Throughout the preseason, head coach Mike D'Antoni often chastised the media for ignoring the Lakers' 28-12 finish to a season with saw Kobe tear his Achilles on April 12 and miss a first-round sweep at the hands of San Antonio. D'Antoni would point out how great the team played in its final 40 regular season games, and ...
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