Originally written November 12, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- As all the attention centered around one question for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night -- will they get their Phil or won't they? -- the team still had to work to do against a division rival. However, with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins suspended by the NBA for berating San Antonio Spurs analyst Sean Elliott after the teams' Friday matchup, the Lakers could afford a little less focus. Los Angeles built a big lead and glided to a 103-90 at Staples Center, the team's second consecutive win since firing head coach Mike Brown. Now the Lakers (3-4) await word from former and possible future head coach Phil Jackson, whom team officials reportedly met with over the weekend. In two games under interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, the Lakers played looser and more care-free, particularly a starting lineup that had been trouble gelling early in the season. On Sunday, Los Angeles starters combined for 81 points -- Sacramento's starting f...
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