Another quiet afternoon

The Lakers insisted they are not bored while awaiting the next round of the playoffs to start. They said today that rest and recovery were a good deal after a rough-and-tumble first-round victory over the Utah Jazz. They said it was never bad to have a couple of extra days to refine a few things before beginning the second round on Monday. Besides, the Lakers hope to learn the identity of their next opponent later tonight. (The Houston Rockets led the Portland Trail Blazers, 3-2, going into Game 6). They also hope to learn the schedule for the next round. All we know is that Games 1 and 2 are Monday and Wednesday at Staples Center. The rest is a mystery. If the Trail Blazers defeat the Rockets to force Game 7, then all will be known to the Lakers and their fans late Saturday night.

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