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Loss shows flaws in Lakers' abilities

Updated: December 26, 2009, 2:37 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPN Los Angeles

"Maybe we're overhyped."

He didn't believe it, of course, letting the words slip out of his mouth through a sly grin, but Kobe Bryant said it on Thursday to dismiss a question about the Los Angeles Lakers' easy early-season schedule.

Twenty-four hours later, after a 102-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas, his jest might have turned out to be prophetic and the question has to be asked again:

How good are the Lakers?

Cleveland controlled Los Angeles from start ...

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