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It hurts when they aren't the best
Peter Carry
March 05, 1973
When they are healthy the Lakers are a superb team—regardless of what record Chamberlain happens to be trying for. But with both West and Hairston injured, they can run into trouble, as they did last week
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March 05, 1973

It Hurts When They Aren't The Best

When they are healthy the Lakers are a superb team—regardless of what record Chamberlain happens to be trying for. But with both West and Hairston injured, they can run into trouble, as they did last week

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If there were such a thing as an NBA record for number of alltime records held, Chamberlain would hold it. He spread-eagles the record book in virtually every category, including, of course, all five of those dealing with missed free throws. So his current campaign is a sideline, something to make the time go by until the day comes to face the real question about the Lakers: in what physical shape will the defending champions be for the playoffs? Sound, with West and everybody except Hairston healthy again? Or crippled up, as they were last week? With one team they have been winning all season. With the other they have been losing. The difference is enough to attract attention.

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