Injuries remained the overarching theme for the Los Angeles Lakers heading into their Sunday night clash against the Sacramento Kings. Kobe Bryant played only 12 minutes in Friday’s victory over the Pacers and decided to sit out with those lingering problems on Sunday (per Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com).
On most nights, the Lakers would be able to take down a Kings squad near the bottom of the Western Conference—especially at home. The Lakers were 21-11 at the Staples Center heading into Sunday’s action, a mark that’s helped keep them afloat during their early-season lull. But with Bryant on the mend and Pau Gasol still out of the lineup, the talent chasm between these two teams isn’t as large as one may think.
Could the Kings pull it off? Let’s take a look at the complete highlights from the Staples Center and find out.