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Lakers get ready for a poor Indiana Pacers team

March 1, 2010 |  1:57 pm

The high of defeating the Denver Nuggets on Sunday is over.

The talk about Ron Artest putting the defensive clamps on Denver's Carmelo Anthony is a thing of the past.

The idea of Kobe Bryant missing 14 of his 17 shots but getting 12 assists against the Nuggets is now over.

The Lakers have to move forward, and that means preparing to face an Indiana Pacers team that's not very good. The Pacers are 20-39 and in last place in the Central Division.

The Lakers are 45-15, which is the second-best record in the NBA behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It'll be up to the Lakers to take the Pacers seriously when they meet them Tuesday night at Staples Center.

"It's about us. It's not about our opponent," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said after practice Monday. "It's about playing in to an excellence and not just going out and playing basketball against somebody."

-- Broderick Turner