Panic Sets In As Lakers Fall Two Games Behind Mavericks

The Los Angeles Lakers dropped a second straight game to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, falling 93-81 in Game 2 and sighing to an 0-2 deficit in the teams' NBA Playoffs series. That means that Dallas can win the series without coming back to Staples Center -- Game 3 is Friday in Dallas, and Game 4 is Sunday. The Lakers' quest for a third straight championship may be coming to an end in thoroughly embarrassing fashion.

Lakers fans are not blind; while acknowledging that the series isn't over, Dexter Fishmore of our Lakers blog Silver Screen And Roll writes that the most important problem to be solved if L.A. wants to come back is the offense.

What we're left with is the most precarious state of affairs the Lakers have encountered since Boston in June of '08. There are problems that need solving up and down the depth chart, but none is more important than fixing the offense. After averaging 1.10 points per possession following the All-Star break and 1.14 in the first round against the Hornets, they've scored a pathetic 0.99 points per trip in the first two games of this series. The solutions haven't changed: better play from Gasol, better three-point shooting and MOAR BYNUM. If those things don't materialize, it's very possible we just watched Phil Jackson coach his last game at Staples Center.

Getting those solutions on the road will be a mighty tough task.

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