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Lakers' slump starts with defense

Updated: January 1, 2010, 10:44 PM ET
By Kurt Helin | Special to ESPN Los Angeles

Here's one resolution that will need to be fulfilled if the Lakers want to have a parade down Figueroa in June: Get back to playing defense.

The triangle offense and Andrew Bynum's recent slump are problems, but the defense's Christmas vacation is the reason the team has gone 2-2 in its past four games.

Granted, the Lakers were 25-5 on New Year's Day last year, 9-4 on the road; this season they are 25-6 and 8-3 on the road. Basically, this season's team is on pace with the title team. ...

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