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It's an air of invincibility few teams in the NBA can carry. The belief that any time and any place they take the court they can win.

"It changes, depending on your team," guard Derek Fisher said. "Our team, we honestly believe that we should win every game. At the same time, we know that no one has ever gone 82-0."

Fisher said the Lakers have respected every opponent in compiling a 24-5 record and that they have not gone into any game believing they should win just because of who they are and who the opponent is.

"But everybody that we've played this year, we feel we should have beaten," Fisher said. "That's just how we feel. But as the game unfolds, as things start to happen, we don't all of a sudden start thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, we might lose' because we expect to win every time.

"So, if something happens and we don't (win), we just look at it as something that happened, and we move on."

Fisher said this is not a carryover effect from season to season nor has it happened with every team he has been on during his 13-year NBA career.

"There's only a handful of teams this year that can believe that they can win every game," Fisher said, "teams like Boston, Cleveland that can figure out things that need to be done."

There is one tall hurdle, he said, that every team faces that makes losing some games inevitable.

"The NBA schedule is very tough," he said. "Sometimes, when you lose, it's a combination of the (opponent), the schedule, the health of your team ... but you've got to keep it moving. So far though, I believe we've done a good job."


Only early arriving fans at Staples Center get a chance to see Lakers rookie guard Sun Yue in action during the warmup session before each game. Sun has played in one game, the final five minutes of the Lakers' 105-92 victory Dec. 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

It was mere happenstance that he even got into that game. Sun had been inactive for the first 18 games and was activated against the Bucks only because forward Luke Walton was sent home ill.

With guard Jordan Farmar recovering from knee surgery, Sun has been on the active list for the past four games but has not gotten off the bench.

An assignment to the Lakers' D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, seemingly would be beneficial for Sun, who was a second-round draft pick by the Lakers last June.

"It's been discussed internally but a decision hasn't been made on that yet," team spokesman John Black said Saturday.

Sun has made it no secret that he would not welcome being assigned to the D-Fenders, however long that assignment might last.

Meanwhile, the Lakers' other second-round pick, Joe Crawford, is playing for the D-Fenders after being waived by the Lakers in training camp. Crawford is the D-League's third-leading scorer at 21.9 points per game and he is averaging 3.4 assists.


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