The mood in L.A. was lifted with Kobe Bryant's MVP performance in Sunday's All-Star Game at Staples, injecting perhaps a little optimism for the final 25 games of the regular season.
Or, at the very least, providing a brief distraction from the pessimism.
In Part II of our All-Star edition of the Triangle, in which my tie is still not straight, we take questions from readers. First, on chemistry, then on who should start at small forward once Matt Barnes is healthy, and finally if the Lakers are using Boston's template from last season. If they are, is it a good idea?