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Kobe Bryant, #24, of the Los Angeles Lakers walks past Kevin Durant, #35, of the Oklahoma City Thunder after a 106-90 loss during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
After a disappointing 106-90 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second-round of the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers post-season run has ended. The team is flying back home to Los Angeles Tuesday, but the real work begins in the off-season. Will this be the end of the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum era? Unfortunately for the Lakers, low draft picks and an expensive roster may prevent a quick rebuilding process.
And across the hall in Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers will also be cleaning out their lockers. The Clippers lost in their second-round playoff matchup, falling to the San Antonio Spurs. But experts around the league expect the Clippers to improve with experience.
Kevin Arnovitz covers the NBA for ESPN.com.