A week ago, the Lakers were embroiled in controversy, coming off a contentious players-only meeting, then falling to a season-worst eight games below .500. Suddenly their season seems to have turned around. They've won three in a row for the first time since Christmas, with Kobe Bryant playing distributor and Pau Gasol as a sixth man. But will it last? And did the turnaround come in time to salvage the Lakers' playoff hopes?

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