Phil Jackson, Lakers Apparently Know Something We Don't

The Los Angeles Lakers are down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks, with Games 3 and 4 in Big D. That's a problem. Three of 18 teams in NBA history have come back to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home. Those are poor odds.

But to Phil Jackson and the Lakers, this is not a big deal. Everything will be OK.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jackson was jovial -- he made a "truss" joke! -- at media availability on Thursday, and expressed confidence that the Lakers would be back in L.A. on Tuesday. Not to pack up their lockers, but to play Game 5 in the series.

But C.A. Clark, a SBNation.com contributor and Silver Screen And Roll editor, is expressing substantially less confidence in a team that's looked bloody awful at times in the postseason, and blames it on the Lakers' penchant for believing in "the switch" and thinking they can relax in the regular season and in early rounds of the playoffs.

[Game 2] was for every time the Lakers have ever tempted fate because of the hubris of their overwhelming confidence, every game in which the Lakers assumed they could win just by showing up.  Last night, the Lakers finally paid the piper.  The chickens came home to roost.  They got what was coming to them.  They were finally made to sleep in the bed they've been making for three years now.  There aren't enough cliches in the world to accurately describe how much of a market correction the basketball gods just provided for the years of neglect which have been the Lakers calling card. 

Now, the Lakers know why you don't relax when you build up a big lead in a playoff game.  Now, they know why you can't assume the other team will wilt in the face their greatness.  They know why playoff games can't just be thrown away dismissively.  You don't do any of these things, because you never know when life is going to drop a heaping pile of Murphy's Law on your head.

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