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Lakers Roundtable: The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones breaks down the Lakers-Kings matchup

January 28, 2011 |  1:22 pm

The only thing truly threatening the Lakers (33-13) when they host the Sacramento Kings (10-33) Friday night at Staples Center is that they meet a sub-.500 opponent just two days before their NBA Finals reunion with the Boston Celtics. They face a team they beat by double-digit margins in two previous games during the 2010-2011 regular season. And the issues surrounding the Lakers (quest to three-peat) are dramatically different than the ones for the Kings (youth, failure to execute, possibility the franchise will relocate).

This isn't exactly Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals we're going to see. Still, the teams need to play the game and there are a few storylines.

Among the highlights of my conversation with Jason Jones, the Sacramento Bee's Kings beat reporter:

--What the Kings would need to do to exploit any lack of focus from the Lakers.

--Why Sacramento has trouble closing out games.

--The team's reaction to Carl Landry's criticism of the Kings' system and personnel.

--The development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.

--Whether the Kings will relocate the franchise and if Anaheim is an option.

You can follow more of Jones' work at the Sacramento Bee and on his Twitter account.

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com


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