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Poll Question: Who needs to fill the production the most during Pau Gasol's absence?

January 6, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom answered that question Tuesday in the Lakers' 88-79 victory over the Houston Rockets. But because the timetable regarding Pau Gasol's left hamstring is uncertain (he likely won't play tonight against the Clippers), this isn't a one-time deal.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson indicated yesterday during the pre-game scrum that Gasol's left hamstring injury isn't as serious as the right hammy that kept him sidelined for the season's first 11 games. Even if he doesn't miss 11 games like he did with his first injury, the Lakers may find Gasol's injury will be beyond the day-to-day prognosis.

In the pure interest of bracing for that scenario, which Lakers player needs to fill that scoring void? Can Bynum simply replicate the inside production? Can Odom still put up near-triple-double numbers despite playing sick? Or will it come down to Kobe Bryant continuing to amaze everyone with clutch performances despite an injury to his right index finger? Or will Ron Artest's defensive presence be enough?

Answer in the poll question below.

-- Mark Medina

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