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Saturday, December 4, 2010
PodKast: On the losing streak, Pau's hammy, and quarterpole awards

The Lakers entered Friday's game with the Sacramento Kings at Staples losers of four straight, a run of wrongness they hadn't seen since April of 2007. A fifth to a currently-wretched Kings squad might have brought rioting and skyward gazes in search of men on horseback.

Andy and Brian discuss the Lakers' losing streak, lament the decision not to add another big man, and hand out quarterpole awards. Plus, a "Smurfs or Lilliputians: Which are taller?" debate.

Fortunately, it didn't come to that, as the Lakers did what the Lakers should do- overwhelmed a far weaker squad, particularly on the defensive end. Sacramento's issues notwithstanding, the Lakers held them to 16, 19, and 17 points over the first three quarters. That's rock solid work, no matter the opponent. Pau Gasol and his injured left hamstring played only 27 minutes, ahead of a three day break before the Lakers host Washington Tuesday night. So blowy was the blowout, Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks were both able to accumulate career highs in minutes and points.

These are all good signs, but given the quality of the opponent, it's hard to measure how much Friday's performance would translate against better competition. There are still things to diagnose and repair, one of the major focuses (foci?) of our newest podcast (taped Friday afternoon, but in which we went out on a limb and assumed a win that night).

Among the high points, after answering questions about the relative size of Smurfs and Lilliputians...: