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Lakers News: Team Motivated To Knock Mavericks Out Of Playoffs Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="129"] Only seven games remain in the 2013-14 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers with basically nothing left to play for rather than posi [new_royalslider id="129"] Only seven games remain in the 2013-14 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers with basically nothing left to play for rather than posi Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Team Motivated To Knock Mavericks Out Of Playoffs

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Only seven games remain in the 2013-14 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers with basically nothing left to play for rather than position in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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With that being said, it is difficult to motivate players without an ultimate goal ahead, but rookie Ryan Kelly suggests that the team has found something to motivate them moving forward. Kelly says the team is using the prospect of knocking the Dallas Mavericks out of playoff contention as a motivating factor according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Despite the Lakers losing their 50th game of the season and being well on their way to the worst record in franchise history, the team has been in good spirits with players like Kelly and Nick Young leading the way. Young has made a point of it to emphasize the fact that need to concentrate on being playoff spoilers for teams like the Mavericks.

Although the Lakers have lost two in a row, the team has put up a fight as of late and has played better than expected. The final games of the season will be rough to say the least for the Lakers with only one opponent, the Utah Jazz, not competing for a playoff spot or positioning in the Western Conference.

On Friday, the Lakers will face off against the Mavericks at the Staples Center with the goal being to knock them out of playoff contention. Dallas is currently battling it out with the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns for seventh and eighth seed in the West.

Every game from here on out will be crucial for all three teams making Friday’s game extremely important to Dallas’ playoff hopes.
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  • truth24

    These bums best hush they mouths cause they lose to the worst teams and can’t back up shit yo! Playin for pride shut the f up!

  • Daryl Peek

    I like how Kelly’s game has come along. All he needs to do is continue to build on his confidence and be willing to stick his nose in there more on the boards. That and not be so passive in taking a shot. He over thinks on the pump fake often. Digging those attacks on the rack, lately tho!

    • Josh

      DP, I’m so glad you comment on these boards. You seem to be the only commenter on this site who I see eye to eye with more than half the time. I guess that’s the way it goes, though, in a year like this for a fan base that is used to competing for banners every year.

      • Daryl Peek

        This is a trying season.

        • C*HarrisTHEboss

          Looks like you finally got a secret admirer

  • ZZZZ

    NAAAH, WAIVE KELLY AND MEEKS AFTER THIS SEASON OR TRADE THEM

  • k.

    Bumping the Mavs out of the playoffs sounds like great motivation to me!
    Send Mark Cuban and his crew to go fishing early! :)

  • PlayerHaters

    Back at it again i see. Well if you cant beat em, join-FUCK THAT. Bust a kamikaze on them muthafuckas and take em out the Playoffs with you

  • hoperhetoric

    Yeah Lakers needs revenge against mavs for sweeping them embarrassingly in the playoffs(under phil)

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