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Not-so-easy pickings for Lakers

After a relatively soft schedule, L.A. and its struggling offense face major challenges

Updated: January 17, 2012, 1:59 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- There was so much going on at Staples Center on Monday night that the significance of the pregame glimpse of Shaquille O'Neal walking the hallways in a suit prepping for the TNT telecast while Kobe Bryant was in the locker room prepping for a game barely caused a blip on the radar.

There were bigger things to worry about. Would Bryant's 40-point streak continue? Did the Lakers have any revenge in store for the Mavericks after Dallas swept them out of the playoffs with a 36-point ...

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