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Poll questions surrounding the Lakers-Hornets series

April 25, 2011 |  3:54 pm

61126174You've sounded off on the Lakers' poor play in their first-round playoff series against New Orleans, now tied at two games apiece.

Some have expressed optimism the Lakers will turn things around and eventually three-peat. Others believe this marks the team's pride before the fall. Still others are simply agitated because the Lakers are unnecessarily playing with their emotions.

And then there are those who don't want to think about it, partly because of the uncertainty surrounding Kobe Bryant's left ankle injury.

I know the eclectic bunch we have here at the Lakers blog, but sometimes I think fan sentiment gets categorized as simply either reactionary or in denial. When I've sifted through poll results on various Lakers topics I've discovered, however, that underneath the passion and trash there's a healthy, nuanced split on the state of the organization.

That's why this is an appropriate time to open up that forum  so I can precisely compartmentalize what concerns you and what's strictly overblown. I'll then follow up with an analysis piece prior to Game 5 on Tuesday summing up the current state of the common Lakers fan.

So, vote in the polls after the jump and let your voice be heard. I'll probably also feature some of the comments from this post in my story to further illustrate and explain your thoughts on the Lakers' series thus far. 

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for a steal against Hornets forward Trevor Ariza in Game 4 on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times