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Lakers blown out, fall behind Suns 3-2 in first round of NBA playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers labored through a 115-85 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and now face a 3-2 deficit in their first-round playoff series. Here are three takeaways from Game 5: 

The Lakers are in serious danger of being bounced in the first round

Technically, the Lakers can rectify things in Game 6 on Thursday at Staples Center. They could then win a Game 7 in Phoenix on Saturday. But I can’t see it. The Lakers ruled Anthony Davis out for Game 5 because of his left groin injury, and I can’t see how an extra day will suddenly make Davis available for a Game 6, unless the Lakers and Davis are willing to seriously risk his health. Even in a potential elimination game, I’d be very surprised if he returned. And if he does, he’ll be extremely limited.



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