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Analysis: NBA’s East in state of mediocrity

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LOS ANGELES — If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division.

In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up?

It’s called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free.

Eleven of the 15…

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